Moses’ face became radiant after he conversed with the Lord on Mount Sinai. The very radiance of the prophet’s face terrified the people.
No surprise. When the Lord created, He began with “Let there be light.” According to some ancient rabbis, this original light exceeded the brightness of the sun by seven times. Some say the Primeval Light actually exceeded the brightness of the sun by 60,075 times.
(If you’re wondering where the number 60,075 came from, you’re like me; I wondered the same thing. The only answer I could find is that it has to do with the number of possible combinations of the letters in a Hebrew word. But I really don’t know the answer.)
Anyway, we can gather that Moses, when he received the Commandments from God, got to see a light much greater in brightness than the sun, possibly the full Primeval Light. As a result, in order to avoid terrifying the people, Moses had to don a veil for his face.
This serves, I think, as an opportune time to remind you, gentle reader, that you will need solar-eclipse glasses two weeks from Monday. Very, very dangerous to observe an eclipse without them!
According to the ancient rabbis, God has preserved the full Primeval Light for the righteous in the life to come. And, as we know, the apostolic rabbi St. Paul commented on Moses’ veil in his second letter to the Corinthian Christians. St. Paul teaches that the Holy Spirit transforms us into the likeness of the unveiled glory of God, Jesus Christ.