“And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face. But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with Him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded. And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.” Exodus 34:33-35 (KJV)
Moses would share with the people the words the LORD gave him. He would speak as he was commanded to speak. The words he spoke were not easy words; as the words of the LORD are not often easy.
When Moses would speak with Israel he wore a veil over his face. On first appearance it would appear that Moses put the veil on his face to cover the glow of his countenance, that the people might not fear or cower in his appearance to them. When we read Paul’s account of this in the New Testament we read,
“And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: but their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.” 2 Corinthians 3:13-16 (KJV)
The veil was on the face of Moses so they could not see the glory fading. Yet, Paul says there is a veil on the hearts of the people of Israel, because they have refused to see Jesus as their Messiah. Oh how I pray for the removal of that veil, that they might see Jesus, and we are informed by Scripture that one day they will “Look upon Him whom they have pierced” (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:37; Revelation 1:7). They will look and they will believe.
Turn, Oh turn to the Lord Jesus Christ; and live in His glory. The glory of Christ does not fade away.