Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. (Exodus 34:29-30)
Having spent considerable time in the Presence of the Almighty, Moses’ face revealed the residual effects so much so that even Aaron was afraid to approach Him. It was not that he, Moses, was capable of generating the light that shone from his face, so strongly that they were compelled to cover his face with a veil, but that he was reflecting the glory of God to others.
Conceptually this would be similar to what we observe in the interaction between the sun and moon. Being the greater light, the sun generates energy and light that is so intense we cannot bear to — or afford to — look at it directly. The moon, on the other hand, does not generate its own light because it is not that kind of heavenly body. What it can do, however, is reflect the light of the sun down to us here on earth. By this, we not only see an example of what was occurring among the children of Israel when Moses descended the mountain, but also see what is supposed to be an every day occurrence where we are concerned.
In other words, just as the moon cannot generate its own light we, the Body of Messiah, do not generate our own personal light. Nevertheless, Yeshua calls us the light of the world — how so? Because, just as the moon reflects the light of the sun and illuminates a darkened world, we are to reflect the light of the Son and be a light to the nations. That, in turn, infers that we must turn our face toward His and seek Him and abide in His Presence. The days are certainly growing darker and that means, now more than ever, we are to shine. So let us be diligent to seek Him and to be in His Presence so that the world may perceive and know the Almighty as His glory is seen upon us.
Blessings and Shalom,