Third Day of Lent
Scripture: Exodus 34:27-35 (NKJV)
27 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write these words, for according to the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
29 Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. 30 So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 Then Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned to him; and Moses talked with them. 32 Afterward all the children of Israel came near, and he gave them as commandments all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33 And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. 34 But whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he would take the veil off until he came out; and he would come out and speak to the children of Israel whatever he had been commanded. 35 And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.
“So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.” (Ex. 34:30)
Moses had been in the presence of the Lord, and it showed. He did not realize it, but he had an aura, a glow, a “halo,” if you will. It was not his own radiance; he shone only with “borrowed light.” Shine he did, nevertheless, and the people respected it.
When our pastors preach the Word of God to us, it is the same. They do not preach their own word to us: they are not to do so! Rather, they preach the Word of God, with truth pulled straight from the pages of Scripture, calling us to repentance and forgiveness of sins through faith in Christ Jesus.
People will sometimes say, “good sermon, Pastor!” But many pastors respond by saying, “thanks be to God.” It was God’s truth that was proclaimed, the pastor just got to be the messenger. Therefore, let us give glory to Jesus, Who shone with unborrowed light on Transfiguration, and Whose glorious salvation His unworthy servants—from Moses all the way on down to modern pastors—deliver to God’s people.
“Heavenly Father, grant me not to be distracted by anything in Your messengers, whether good or bad, but rather to remain focused on the message of repentance and forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ, my Savior. Amen.”