LET YOUR LIFE SHINE…
BY: E. M. ‘ED’ DUPAS
SEPTEMBER 29, 2013
Here are several verses from scripture which speak of the Light of God being present in or upon men:
And it came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses’ hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him. So when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. (Exo 34:29-30)
But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how shall the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? (2 Cor. 3:7-8)
“Let your light shine before men…” (Matt. 5:16)
Mount of transfiguration…And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. (Mat 17:2) Note that Moses and Elijah appeared on the mount of transfiguration. Each of them of them had had “feet of clay”, having failed of the light late in their ministry, but both appeared with Jesus. What a great hope for us!!
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” (Isa 60:1)
…I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. (Isa 6:1)
“And his Life was the light of men…” (John 1:4)
‘The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. So (in this manner) they shall invoke My NAME on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.’ (Num 6:24-27)
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? (1 Cor. 6:19)
“The lamp of your body is your eye; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Then watch out that the light in you may not be darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it shall be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.” (Luke 11:34-36)
“…that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27)
“The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.'” (Num 6:24-26)
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” (Isa 60:1)
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.” (1 Cor 13:12)
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:18 KJV)
I wanted to share with the reader an insight that I received some time ago, which reinforces most of the thoughts of your message….
I used to think, in my religious mind, that Moses’ face shone because he was exposed to the incredible brightness of the Lord—you know, sort of like a sun tan or exposure to radiation. Every time I heard the Aaronic blessing (Numbers 6:24-26–the standard benediction in the Lutheran Church), this idea was reinforced. However, I was troubled by other scripture verses like “…no man may see the face of God and live”. How was it that when Moses asked to see the Lord’s glory he was only allowed to see God’s ‘hind parts’ while the goodness of the Lord passed by? Incidentally, that is an insight worth noting…Moses asked to see God’s GLORY…the Lord said “I will let my GOODNESS pass before you”. Not everyone knows that God’s glory is His goodness?
One day, while pondering and picturing Numbers 6:24-26, I tried to mentally put myself into the traditional pose, to receive the blessing, with the Lord up above somewhere. Then I read the verses again. I suddenly saw the words “The Lord lift up His countenance (face)”. I wondered why He would lift up his face, if He was up above me. I suddenly thought of Isaiah 60…”Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Then I saw it. Moses’ face shone because the Spirit of God within him was allowed to rise up so that God’s face shone through him. If Moses had been allowed to see the face of the Lord, I believe that HE WOULD HAVE SEEN HIS OWN FACE, which would have destroyed any semblance of his flesh, in the same way that a block of ice dropped into a vat of molten metal would cause an explosion—so different are the two natures. It would have been too much for his carnal mind. It might have been as the experience of Isaiah magnified many times over, when the prophet beheld in a vision the glory of God in the temple. Isaiah’s response was to see himself of no account, completely unworthy of beholding and serving the Living One.
Only when one’s carnal mind is dead, can he gaze into the Apostle Paul’s looking glass (1 Cor. 13:12 and 2 Cor. 3:18), and see the face of God reflected back at him. This is what is meant by “No man can see the face of God and live”—actually it is saying “No man alive in the flesh can see that he looks just like (the image of) his Father, and vice versa.
This is just too much glory for our flesh to ponder, much less contain…
LET YOUR LIFE SHINE… [E. M. ‘Ed’ Dupas] 09-29-13 1