And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand…
"He wist not that the skin of his face shone." Few and simple as these words are, there could be none grander written to the memory of a hero. The noblest and loftiest character is assuredly that of the man who is so absorbed in the Divine nature of his calling, and so conscious of the need of those for whom he labours, that he becomes forgetful of the beauty in his character which others recognize, and almost unconscious that he is himself the worker.
I. THERE ARE MANY UNCONSCIOUS BELIEVERS AND WORKERS IN THE WORLD STILL, WHO MAY GATHER HELPFUL THOUGHTS FROM THIS FACT CONCERNING MOSES. Much time and ability has been devoted to discussing the question of "Christian assurance." To say that if we do not feel that we are saved, we are not saved, is to lose sight of what salvation really means. It is nowhere stated in Scripture that an assurance of that salvation which is a gradual matter, a day-by-day struggle and deliverance, is either universal or necessary. God may think it best that some of us should not have assurance, as on that great day He kept Moses unconscious that the skin of his face shone.
II. Perhaps some of us may feel that THERE WERE MOMENTS OF SUCH BRIGHT AND HOPEFUL EXPERIENCE ONCE, BUT THEY ARE PAST NOW, and that seems to us the saddest thought of all. Still we need not despair. We should go back as Moses did to the mount where God had spoken to him, to the source of the old enthusiasm and the former faith. If we go back and stand face to face with the crucified Christ, our life will glow anew with the radiance of His love, even though we ourselves are unconscious of it.
III. THIS HOLDS GOOD ALSO REGARDING OUR WORK FOR GOD. Many a splendid silent work is done on earth, and the doer is perhaps unconscious of it, and may remain unconscious till the great day of the Lord shall reveal it.
(T. T. Shore, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.
WEB: It happened, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mountain, that Moses didn't know that the skin of his face shone by reason of his speaking with him.