- When Paul says that we each with unveiled face have
beheld the glory that shines from the face of the Lord Jesus,
just as the glory to a lesser extent shone from the face of Moses
(2 Cor. 3:18 RV). Yet the only person to behold Moses’ unveiled
glory was Joshua, who alone lived in the tabernacle where Moses
received the glory (Ex. 33:11). And it was he who alone accompanied
Moses up the mount to meet with God (Ex. 24:13). When Moses left
Joshua and went out to the people, he veiled his face. But Joshua
would have seen the glory shining off Moses’ unveiled face.
- We may boldly say that we will not be fearful,
as Joshua was, because God has addressed to us the very
words which He did to Joshua: “I will never leave thee nor forsake
thee” (Heb. 13:5,6). In this especially, Joshua is our example.
13:13 speaks of us going forth outside the camp, perhaps
there is a reference to Joshua who dwelt with Moses outside the
camp- thus making Joshua symbolic of us all.
LXX says that Moses put or gave of his glory upon Joshua- and this
passage is alluded to by the Lord in Jn. 17:22: “The glory which
thou hast given me I have given unto them”. Note that the Lord’s
prayer of John 17 is full of allusion to Moses, as detailed in
So the disciples, indeed all those for whom the Lord prayed in
His prayer, are to see themselves as Joshua. Further, in the same
context, the Lord washed the disciples’ feet. This would’ve been
understood by the disciples as an allusion to a well known Jewish
legend that in Num. 27:15-23, Moses acted as a servant to Joshua
by preparing a basin of water and washing Joshua’s feet(1).
And the LXX of Moses’ final charge to Joshua in Dt. 31:7,8 [“fear
not, neither be dismayed”] is quoted by the Lord to His disciples
in Jn. 14:1,27.
Glasson, Moses In The Fourth Gospel (London: SCM, 1963) p.