Why did Moses’ face shine (Exodus 34:29-35)?


Exodus 34:29 - 35

ESV - 29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30 Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As described in Exodus 34:29-35, Moses' face shone because of the fact that he had been in God's direct presence when receiving the ten commandments on Mount Sinai, and God's glory had transmitted itself to his physical appearance. Moses therefore put a veil over his face -- both so that his appearance would not cause fear among the Israelites, and so that the Israelites would not be able to see the glory eventually fade away (2 Corinthians 3:13). He would remove the veil whenever he went back into God's presence, and whenever he was directly telling the people what God had said to him.

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