God’s Face Shines on His People

God’s Face Shines on His People

Q.   What does the Bible mean when it talks about God’s face shining on His people?

A.   The Aaronic benediction of the Levitical priesthood in Num 6:25 contains the words May His face shine upon you.

These seemingly simple words contain two of the great secrets of the Bible. God’s “face” refers to intimacy; “shine” refers to radiant spiritual power. This contains the two greatest blessings of all Scripture:

  1. A personal relationship with God, and,
  2. His glory revealed in believers by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This double blessing is what Moses requested in Exodus 33:12-23 and was partially fulfilled in Exodus 34:29-35. It will be totally fulfilled in us at the Resurrection. We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory – 2 Cor 3:18.By faith let us enter into this great double blessing: our personal relationship with God, and the transformation into His glory.