Sermon Quotes: "With Unveiled Faces"

“Scripture is dotted with extremely exciting and hopeful situations that are dashed by persistent human failure. Exodus 32-34 marks another occurrence of this pattern. Having agreed to do whatever Yahweh requires of them in the divinely offered covenant relationship, the people lose sight of Moses, Yahweh and faith. Disobedience of the most basic kind results. Sin captures the stage in a way unparalleled since Genesis. God’s reaction to this sin demonstrates the greatness of Yahweh’s holiness, the consistency of Yahweh’s willingness to be present among the Israelites and Yahweh’s readiness to forgive repenting people.” Paul House

“He needs no veil when he enters God’s presence. He needs no veil when he speaks for God. But when he engages in banter and chitchat with neighbors, or shares dinner with Zipporah, or strolls through the camp with his grandchildren, out comes the veil…One might think Moses wearing a veil would be so curious as to be a conversation starter, especially among children: ‘Mommy, why is that man wearing a mask?’ Moses puts on a veil when he is ‘off work.’” Victor Hamilton

“Exodus reveals the glory of God in the salvation of sinners. At each stage of Israel’s redemption, God’s divine majesty was displayed with more dazzling brightness. He revealed his glory in the burning bush. He revealed it in all the signs and wonders he performed in Egypt. He revealed it in the fire and smoke on the mountain. And he revealed it again in the self-disclosure of his name at the beginning of Exodus 34. But at the end of this chapter God revealed his glory in a new way. He revealed it in the person of the mediator, as new rays of divine glory shone from Moses face.” Phil Ryken

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature…” Hebrews 1:3

“When we see Jesus, we see the glory of God as in no other manifestation. Of course, there were many who saw Jesus and did not see the glory of God…The glory of God in the life and ministry of Jesus was not the blinding glory that we will see when he comes the second time with ‘his face…like the sun shining in full strength’ (Rev. 1:16; Luke 9:29). His glory, in his first coming, was the incomparably exquisite array of spiritual, moral, intellectual, verbal, practical perfections that manifest themselves in a kind of meek miracle-working and unanswerable teaching and humble action that set Jesus apart from all men…These excellencies are so diverse that they ‘would have seemed to us utterly incompatible in the same subject.’ In other words,

*we admire him for his glory, but even more because his glory was mingled with humility;

*we admire him for his transcendence, but even more because his transcendence is accompanied by condescension;

*we admire him for his majesty, but even more because it is a majesty in meekness;

*and we admire him because he could still the storm, but even more because he refused to use that power to strike the Samaritans with lightning (Luke 9:54-55) and he refused to use it to get himself down from the cross.

The list could go on and on. And that is what makes Jesus Christ uniquely glorious, excellent and admirable. The human heart was made to stand in awe of such ultimate excellence...The glory of Christ is not synonymous with raw power. The glory is the divine beauty of his manifold perfections.” John Piper

“When we believe the gospel, we are in a better position than Moses was speaking with God on the mountain. He could see the afterglow of God’s glory; we can stare into its center. Incredibly, this total exposure not only preserves us but transforms us into the image of Christ.” Trent Hunter & Stephen Wellum

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” 2 Cor. 3:18

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” Ps. 34:5

“When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ.” Eph. 3:4

“To me, it is simply wonderful that God would lead Paul, in Ephesians 3:4, to make unmistakably explicit this breathtaking fact about reading, namely, the riches of the glory of God are perceived through reading. It is wonderful because reading is so ordinary, but the unsearchable riches of Christ as so extraordinary. It’s as if he said that you can fly by sitting. Or that you can be on the top of Mt. Everest by breathing. By reading we can see divine glory! By the most ordinary act, we can see the most wonderful reality. A surge of joy goes through me when I think about this. In that book, by the act of reading, I may see the glory of God. O Lord, incline my heart to that book and not to vanity! That is my prayer-for myself and you.” John Piper

“It was before your very eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.” Gal. 3:1