Chapter 108

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(Exo 34:27-29)  And the LORD [Heb: Jehovah] said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor [Heb: sound, speech] [“purpose and character” Amplif. Bible] of these words I have made a covenant [Heb: compact, (contract)] with thee and with Israel.  And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables [Heb: tablets (of stone)] the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.  And it came to pass, when Moses came down [Heb: to descend; (lit.) to go downwards] from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony [Heb: witness] in Moses' hand, when he came down [second mention, interesting emphasis] from the mount, that Moses wist [Heb: knew] not that the skin of his face shone [“and sent forth beams” Amplif.] while he talked with him [the LORD Jehovah].

1.       Moses = Heb: drawn out (of the water), rescued /// to pull out.

2.       (Gen 1:1-3)  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [Heb: (lit.) darkness; (fig.) misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness] was upon the face of the deep [Heb: an abyss (as a surging mass of water)]. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light [Heb: illumination (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.): - bright, clear, day, sun].

a.       anthropomorphic = Dict: ascribing human form or attributes to beings or things not human.

3.       Commentary: Can light come out of water? Well, of necessity, John the Baptist’s baptism of “water unto repentance” prepares one in turn for the first advent baptism of Jesus Christ “with the Holy Ghost” (justification), which prepares one in turn for the second advent baptism of the returning Jesus Christ “with fire” (sanctification). (Mat 3:11).

a.       (Mat 3:11)  I [John the Baptist] indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

4.       (Judg 7:16)  And he [Gideon, a type and shadow of Jesus Christ] divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty [water] pitchers, and lamps [Heb: to shine; a flame, fire: torches] within the pitchers. (Judg 7:20) And the three companies blew the trumpets [the word of God], and brake the pitchers [(fig.) the clay of their bodies], and held the lamps [containing the fire of the Holy Spirit] in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The [fused together “as One”] sword of the LORD [gold - God], and of Gideon [silver – redeemed men] [Zec 13:7-9].

5.       (Mat 5:14)  Ye are the light of the world [Gk: kosmos; “cosmos” (universe)]. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

a.       light = Gk: (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays); luminousness (in the widest application: - fire, light.

6.       (1 Thes 4:16,17)  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [Gk: seized: - caught (away, up), plucked, pulled up, take by force /// to take for oneself, to prefer: chosen] together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

7.       shone = Heb: to push or gore; to shoot out horns; (fig.) rays: - have horns, shine /// a horn; a ray (of light); (fig.) power.


(Exo 34:30-35)  And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him [but not the members of the congregation]: and Moses talked with them. And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh [i.e., the shepherds came to the light first, then came the sheep]: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai. And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail [Heb: a covering, veil] [performing the same function as the “pitchers” of Gideon] [“the vail of the covering” Exo 35:12] 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 [the LORD Jehovah].


(Mat 27:51)  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;


(2 Cor 3:1-5) Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;


(2 Cor 3:6)  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.


(2 Cor 12-18)  Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 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. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 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.