Summary: What happened to make Moses' face shine?

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“And when Moses came down from the top of the mountain he wasn’t aware that his face glowed because he had spoken to the LORD face to face. Moses put a veil over his face. Whenever he went into the Tabernacle to speak with the LORD, he removed the veil. Afterwards, he would put the veil on again, so he could speak to the people” (Ex. 34:29, 33-35, ELT).


1. Search. Be willing to go where God is found. “Moses went up into the midst of the cloud, to the top of the mountain” (Ex. 34:18, ELT).

2. Alone. Separation from people.

3. Experience God’s presence. “If Your presence does not with us” (33: 15).

4. Communicate with God. “The Lord spoke to Moses, face to face” (33:11).

5. Worship God. “Moses . . . bowed his head toward the earth and worshipped” (34:8).

6. Intercession for others. “Lord . . . I pray, we are a stiffnecked people . . . pardon our iniquity and sin” (34:9).

7. Fasting to deny yourself basics. “He was there with the LORD 40 days . . . he neither ate bread nor drank water” (34:28).

Why You Can’t Stay On The Mountain

• Moses came down from the mount (34:29)

• You finish why you went to pray

• Believers need you (34:32)

• Life is relationship, you need them

• You must finish what God sends you to do


1. Testimony. We shine the glory of Jesus to the world.

2. When we get close to God, He rubs off on us. “We reflect” (2 Cor. 3:18, NLT).

We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see . . . all of us have had the veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. As the Spirit of the Lord works within us . . . we reflect His glory even more” (2 Cor. 3:13, 18, NLT).

3. We are reflectors of God’s glory. It’s not our light or brilliance. The word “shine” means to reflect a beam of light, shows light as a mirror. “Beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18). It is not our light but His light.

4. We don’t know what influence we have. “Moses did not know” (34:29).

5. Our testimony should convict others. “They were afraid to come near him” (34:30).

6. When your face shines, you must take responsibility to explain to contact outsiders what God has done for you. “Moses called to them . . . community leaders . . . to come and talk” (34:31, NLT).

7. Beyond testimony, we must speak. “Moses called to them” (24:31). “Moses gave them all the instructions of the Lord” (34:32, NLT).

8. Our face can grow to shine even brighter. “Make us more and more like Him” (2 Cor. 3:18, NLT).

9. We can always get closer to the Lord. “Reflect the glory even more (2 Cor. 3:18, NLT).

10. God wants to do a greater work in us. “The Spirit of the Lord works within us” (2 Cor. 3:18, NLT).

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