Moses’ Shining Face
God tells Moses to carve out two more stone tablets (remember his last trip down the mountain led to him shattering the first set) because he once again going to meet with God on Mount Sinai. So Moses goes up the mountain again for 40 days without food or water. God spells out to Moses the requirements of a simple covenant in which God says if Israel will obey His voice they will be victorious over their enemies. After his meeting with God, Moses goes back down the mountain and his face shines supernaturally, perhaps because of his prolonged exposure to God’s glory. Apparently this was bothersome because he wore a veil to cover it up. Many have made connections between the shining of Moses’ face with Jesus’s transfigured body, angel’s luminous presence, and Adam & Eve’s state before sin. Some say that Adam and Eve shone with glorious light until they sinned which resulted in them loosing their glorified image and seeing themselves as “naked”. Perhaps our glorified or resurrected bodies will shine as Moses’s face did, we don’t know. But let’s just agree that when you meet with God, there are serious and visible changes!
Preparation for the Tabernacle
In chapter 35 we see a beautiful account of the people being urged by the Spirit of God to give of their riches (which were the riches from Egypt) in order to see God’s tabernacle created and decorated. This is how I believe the local church should work, everyone who is involved contributes of what they have (and more importantly what God tells them to give) and then we see the church body benefited and provided for.
Then enters into the story a man named Bezalel who is an artist of all kinds, he worked with gold, silver, stones, and wood. Eventually he teaches Oholiab his skills and together they became the craftsmen of the Tabernacle. These two scriptures particularly interest me: “The Lord has called by name Bezalel… and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship…” and “…and Oholiab…He has filled them with skill…”.
Art came from God: music, form, beauty, and creativity all originated from the Lord’s character and abilities. God was the first artist and I believe He takes joy when we follow in His footsteps and create things of our own. But in the end approximately 99% of all art created is simply recreations of what God has already made. As an artist myself, I look to this passage as an inspiration and I ask myself “can God increase my abilities in art to glorify Him like He did with the tabernacle?” I believe He can.