THE LIGHT FROM THE
27 Then the LORD said to Moses, " Write down these
words, for in accordance with 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 did not eat bread or drink water And he wrote on the
tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. Moses' Face
Shines 29 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. 30 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. 31 Then Moses called to them, and
Aaron and all the rulers in the congregation returned to him; and Moses
spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the sons of Israel came near, and he
commanded them to do everything that the LORD had spoken to him on Mount
Sinai. 33 When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over
his face. 34 But whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with
Him, he would take off the veil until he came out; and whenever he came
out and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded, 35 the
sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face
shone. So Moses would replace the veil over his face until he went in to
speak with Him.
all we should notice that the commandments are written by God’s own
finger, which means that they are unchangeable and unshakable, - they
are solid here on earth at all times, and it does not help how “modern”
we have become, - it should not put these aside.
They stand just the same as solid in this moment, as when He wrote
them down on the tablets – just as unchangeable and unshakable for Jews
as for Norwegians and for all mankind.
When you see the peoples life on this background, you will also
notice the seriousness. It says about king Josiah in the Scripture; -
the book of laws had been lying around making dust for many years, -
when the state scribe Safan came to the king and read from the book of
laws to him, and it says: “When the king heard the words of the book of
the law, he tore his clothes.” (2 Kings 22:11).
This was a sign for sorrow and terror with the Jews, - now that he
he realized his own and his peoples true condition. If the word is apart
from us, we cannot see where we are going, or how our condition really
And how is it really with us, a people who find more joy to get one
more entertainment channel on the TV! – Just to push the limit a little.
Just imagine that one day our people are going to be judged by God’s
holiness requirements. How will that be? – Is there any doubt about
Then you have to ask this question: How will I be? Because this is
something unchangeable and totally unshakable we have ahead of us. There
will be no “good natured,”- there will be no sound of: “- you are after
all not a bad fellow, in spite; I guess we will adapt it in your case.
No, God’s word stands firm. It will be a disaster for some, as it was
for king Josiah, but thank goodness for others, as the apostle in the
book of Hebrews: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and
forever.” (Heb. 13:8).
word stands firm. If that was not the case, who could then own their
certainty of salvation? In the Catholic church or doctrine there is no
certainty of salvation, you cannot know for certain, and therefore
people are not set free, but is being bound by the church and the
priesthood. This can happen with organizations and preachers too, so
that you own your certainty of salvation through them, - if you are
approved and your Christianity is recognized by them, - but true
certainty of salvation has its foundation in the revelation of the Word.
says so, that I will have mercy, and my sin will no
longer be remembered!”
You see, the word of the gospel is no lesser firm than the word of
the law. But not more either! –
word stands firm! But, - follow me now, - the word of the law is God’s
unshakable demand to you as a human being, while the word of the gospel
is a word about the completely fulfilled law, yes, it
Can the contrast be any greater? It is quite obvious that you cannot
live in these two spiritual conditions at the same time! If you live and
work to fulfill commands, which Jesus already has fulfilled for you, you
disallow His work, - or let’s put it this way: - You do
in Him! To believe in Jesus is to believe in what He has done for you,
and that His deed is received by the Father as completely adequate.
Has it started to dawn on you that the Father
deed! Jesus Himself says: “There is another who testifies of Me, and I
know that the testimony which He gives about Me is true” (John 5:32).
is the reason for the true certainty of salvation.
Moses was chosen to a specific deed with the Jewish people, - he was
going to give the law, - and hear how the dedication were: “So he was
there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or
drink water” (v.28a).
We read about the same thing about Jesus, when He was baptized in the
Jordan, how He of the Spirit was driven out to the desert, to fast for
forty days and forty nights, - there He starts His work with driving the
devil, our accuser and tempter on a flight.
Jesus wanted us to know this, - it is of importance - it is He who
has told about this event - there were no other witnesses around. So
listen again: He drove the devil, our accuser and tempter on a flight!
has conquered! – Therefore He shall be our refuge!
When you are accused of your sin, - What is Jesus saying? “Which one
of you convicts Me of sin?” (John 8:46).
He is without sin, He your substitute, - therefore He shall be your
refuge! It is
the Father points to and testifies about.
Has the testimony started to speak to your heart? Small glints of the
glory perhaps? Then you will taste
And your face will start to shine; - you have been in
the sight of God.
We also read that Moses face shone, so that the Israelites saw it,
but Moses covered his face.
But what does the apostle Paul say, the preacher of the new covenant?
“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 will the
ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? For if the
ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of
righteousness abound in glory. For indeed what had glory, in this case
has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. For if that which
fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.
Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and
are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the
sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading
away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the
reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it
is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil
lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil
is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the
Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Cor. 3:7-17).
really hear this? – We do not do as Moses, we do not cover up. But we go
forth with great boldness, says the apostle.
Have you noticed how many who wants to throw a veil over the gospel,
as soon as it starts to shine. Oh no, it must not become so free, people
will just continue sinning. I ask you: Does the gospel speak about
sinning to you? – That you are free to sin? What does that have to do
with the gospel? – The gospel speaks about the atonement of sins,
forgiveness of sins.
No, the problem - their problem - is that it is Moses who rules in their
hearts and mind, - therefore they have not seen the glory in Jesus
Christ countenance, as the Scripture testify. - And this problem of
theirs, they spreads to others, - they cannot stand the light from the
gospel! “But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken
away.” As we read in v.16.
But as long as the veil lies over your own heart, - oh, then let us
please put a veil over this light so that nobody can see it! – After
all, it could be dangerous! You see, they are
– This gospel about Jesus Christ wounds and blood,
about Gods grace revealed and given us in Jesus Christ has never become
theirs. But, the apostle says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is
freedom!” - “It was for freedom that Christ set us free” (Gal. 5:1).
They try to combine law with the gospel, and all of
their “Christianity” just becomes a great deed of laws. Paul testifies
about this project in the book of Galatians: “However, the Law is not of
faith; on the contrary, "he who practices them shall live by them."
(Gal. 3:12). Take God’s word that serious, that you totally put your own
thoughts aside, and actually listen to what is being preached to you: -
Where are you living?
Light shines in the darkness” (John 1:5). Can you think of a darker
place on earth, than the human heart! – Ask this light to come in, ask
it in, so that you can get saved and free, - so that you will not be
trapped into slavery as Moses leads a human into, when he is perceived
as a road to salvation. And if Moses cannot get to you, and get to
perform his real deed, to undress all the goodness you thought was in
you, and out you in the light, as you really are, - if that does not
happen, you probably end up like one who is more satisfied with your own
crumbs and rags, and make the terrible mistake, to believe that God is
just as happy, - He who testified for you, about
If you are sitting here and do not recognize yourself
in this, - that the veil is taken away and you get to view into and live
in the freedom that Jesus has bought for you so dearly, with His own
blood, so pray about it, that you would see that this also is for you –
pray to see the glory in Jesus Christ countenance, and that nobody and
no one will throw a veil over for you!
That prayer will surely be answered! He did not pay such a high price
for your soul, to hide it from you.
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Translator: Benedicte Holtan Smart