100 Reasons why the Bible does not use the word Trinity: Reason 31 of 100 [Face of God: No man hath seen God – Analyzing Moses’ and Jesus’ encounter with God’s face]

The Face of God

“he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:20-23 ESV)

“Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness.” (Exodus 24:9-10 ESV)

From the above verses it seems impossible to see God yet people saw him? From reading the text more closely we can conclude that it is impossible to see the “FACE” of God but one may see the form of God which resembles man.

  • In the vision of God in Exodus 24 we are told about his “FEET” and what was below his feet.
  • In the vision of God in Exodus 33 we are told about his “BACK”

Ezekiel saw saw a BLUR vision of God:

“And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance.” (Ezekiel 1:26 ESV)

Daniel saw the following vision

“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. (Daniel 7:9-10 ESV)

John saw this vision

At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. (Revelation 4:2-4 ESV)

Significance of Face to Face encounter with God – Friendship

Deu 34:10  “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,”

Here the witness borne in favour of Moses is one of intimacy. The physical sighting is not as significant to the oneness and closeness one can experience with their God. The point being made is that Moses was very close to God. In fact the scripture tries to emphasize the relationship that Moses and God shared were that of buddies.

In actual fact Moses only heard the voice of God and perceived his form but never literally saw his FACE:

The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying, I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” (Deuteronomy 5:4-6 KJV)

In the above passage we see that the usage of “face to face” refers more to proximity than literalness. Surely the rebellious Israelites were not worthy as to hear the voice of God yet God revealed himself to them through FIRE and VOICE.

Similarly,

And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.” (Exodus 33:11 KJV)

So in conclusion::

  • In the literal sense we cannot see God assuming Exodus 33:20 is to be interpreted literally
  • When we read verse 11 from the same chapter we understand Moses’ face to face interaction with the Almighty is signified by the intimacy of the relationship of friendship.
  • Moses was a friend of God and was united to his God in unity and purpose (though not as perfect as Jesus).

Moses’ face reflected God’s face

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.“ (Exo 34:29 ESV)

Here God glorified Moses so that his face shone after he had received the ministry that was inscribed on stone.

The glory was due to

  • The testaments
  • Moses was a faithful man
  • God had authorized Moses to deliver the commands to the people

God’s glory could be seen on Moses. To accept Moses was to accept God and to challenge Moses was to challenge God. He was “one” with God in purpose and emotions and manifested God to the Israelites. The Israelites could not beheld the glory of God as Moses could. A glory passed from God to Moses, so that his face shone. Unfortunately, they chose to veil the glory rather than admire it and seek after it.

“When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever Moses went into the LORD’S presence to speak with him, he took off the veil until he came out. Whenever he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they would see that Moses’ face was shining. Then Moses would put the veil back on until he went in again to speak with the LORD.”  (Exo 34:33-35 GW)

What an amazing privilege to experience the presence of God through Moses. But people out fear and sin chose to hide themselves from Moses’ face like the first man hid himself from the presence of God.

Moses manifests God to Pharaoh and the Jews

Moses was chosen to manifest God to Pharaoh and all Egypt. God would make himself known through Moses. Pharoah’s experience of the almighty God would be by the hand of Moses.

“And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.“ (Exo 7:1 ESV)
“Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him.” (Exo 4:14-16 ESV)

So if Pharaoh rejects Moses he rejects God. Pharoah would experience the mighty power of God through Moses. Moses had to be careful to give all the glory to God and not pretend that he was God. So, Moses perfectly manifested God and gave God the glory in all that he said and and the miracles that he performed.Pharaoh and the Egyptians had first hand experience of God through Moses. God is well pleased to reveal himself “through” faithful people such as Moses. So Moses was a mediator for God to bring us to God. We learn and experience about God through Moses.

As far as Adonai YHWH was concerned, when Pharaoh beheld the face of Moses, he was beholding the Face of YHWH.

Bosom of the Father – John 1:18

When we see how Moses had already seen the Face of God spiritually, then it is easy to see how the New testament Jewish writers apply the same concept to the greater Moses:

“who is on the breast of the Father” – i.e. intimacy. Moses was intimate with ‘face to face’ but Jesus was intimate at the ‘bosom’ level.

Compare with John’s and Jesus’ relationship:
Joh 13:23 There was at the table reclining in Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

As John was to Jesus, Jesus was to YHWH.

Both Moses and Jesus declared the Invisible God to the children of Israel via their intimate relationship with the Father, but Jesus supersedes Moses.

* To accept Moses was to accept God and to challenge Moses was to challenge God.
* He was “one” with God in purpose and emotions.
* Moses manifested God to the Israelites. 
* The Israelites could not beheld the glory of God as Moses could. A glory passed from God to Moses, so that his face shone.

God was indeed manifested in the FLESH of Moses when the Father declared:

Exo 7:1 Yahweh said to Moses, “Behold, I have made you as GOD to Pharaoh; and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.

The old mediator and new mediator played ‘GOD’ for YHWH their Father

Jesus manifested God to the Jews and the whole world – Like Moses did earlier

Moses the mediator of the first covenant however failed one time when he lost control and his anger took control, while Jesus the mediator of the new covenant made no mistake and always gave God the glory. In the same logic of God manifesting in the flesh of Moses, to reject Jesus is to reject God. God chose to reveal himself in the face of Jesus as he had done before in the face of Moses. Jesus was careful to always give credit to the true source of his knowledge and powers:

Jesus said:

“If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ (Joh 8:54 ESV)

“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” (Joh 5:19 ESV)

“Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.” (Joh 8:50 ESV)

“If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment–what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.” (Joh 12:47-50 ESV)

“God may be all in all”

The end purpose of God is that he will be manifest in all humans – not just the prophets and his son but “God may be all in all”.
1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
1Co 15:25  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
1Co 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
1Co 15:27  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
1Co 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Christ the firstfruits of the process

  • Jesus is the first rise from the dead and attain eternal life. No human has ever done this before hence he is called the firstfruits of eternal life or the new creation.
  • Now those who belong to Jesus will also obtain eternal life at his return from heaven.
  • The Father has given him all authority and power because of his obedience and his perfect reflection of God’s image.
  • When the final perfection comes and sin’s ugly head is no, Christ will hand over the power back to God because he needs this power only till the enemy is subdued.
  • When sin and death is fully defeated then son and all creation will be perfectly subject to the Almighty creator and sustainer so that God will be all in all. This is the ultimate state of Nirvana and every created individual reflects the perfect image of God.
  • Being physically immortalized the physical glory of God will also shine on his creation.
  • Jesus was a man just like Adam and died. God raised him from the dead. God gave him immortality and power. Because of his immeasurable power God bestowed on Jesus many Christians mistake Jesus to be God Almighty, just like some people wanted to make Paul God when a snake bite did not kill him:
“Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.” (Act 28:6 KJV)
  • Jesus only possess God given powers:
“For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (1Co 15:27-28 KJV)

In the end since everyone will manifest God, and the special role of the sonship to manifest his Father will cease as God will be all and in all.

While the above passage is a prophecy of a future time, attaining oneness with God in the spiritual realm has already begun. Christ was one with God not in the physical, because in the physical, Jesus possessed a frail human body that was eventually beaten, bruised and subject to death. Jesus was one with God in the spiritual.

Jesus prayed for this oneness for his followers:

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. “ (Joh 17:11 KJV)

WHen Jesus told the jews that “I and my Father are one“ (Joh 10:30 KJV) – He was not referring to a physical oneness but that of spiritual oneness. Like God had shared details with Moses as a friend so God shared with the son. The jews and Pharaoh would come to know of the mighty hand of God and his teachings through Moses. In the same way have come to know of God through Jesus. Jesus was one with God in that he was empowered by God to have powers like God. Like Moses was made God to Pharaoh [or in other words represented or manifested God] so Jesus also represented God, but in a more fuller or perfect way. Moses manifested God as a servant while Jesus manifested God as a son because on account of his obedience to God’s will eternal life has been opened to all mankind.

This oneness that God and Jesus shared is also possible for his followers to attain in the spiritual realm now and later at his return to also attain it in the physical realm and be glorified like the angels and his son.

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. ” (Joh 17:20-23 KJV)
The Christian purpose of to follow Christ is to attain unity with the Father through the son.
The ultimate end plan of God:
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” (Rev 21:3 ESV)

God was manifest in the flesh of Jesus

We manifest the Father in the flesh when we show the mind or will of the Father in the flesh. Practical ways humans can manifest the Father in their flesh:
  • “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1Pe 1:16 KJV)
  • “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Mat 5:48 KJV)
  • “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. “ (Mat 5:16 KJV)
  • “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” (Luk 6:36 KJV)
  • “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” (1Jn 4:7 KJV)
  • “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.” (1Jn 2:29 KJV)
  • “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” (1Jn 3:10 KJV)
  • “No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us”. (1Jn 4:12 KJV)

Now Jesus fulfilled all the above and more because he was perfect on earth as his Father is perfect in heaven. Therefore he manifested God and did what God wanted man to do. The first man failed to manifest God in his flesh because of his disobedience, whereas Jesus manifested God perfectly in the flesh.

God manifestation is about demonstrating perfect holiness and godliness in one’s lives:

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1Ti 3:16 KJV)

Jesus clearly showed the most important character of God in his life – LOVE. He was willing to give his life for others and thereby expressing GOD in his life and death. Therefore he was received up into great glory as a reward for his godliness.His actions were justified fully in the spiritual realm.

We also ought to strive to achieve the full understanding and knowledge of God’s mystery that was manifest by Jesus by being knit in love:

“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:1-3 ESV)
  • Jesus God’s role model for daily living
  • Jesus is the living words of God – not those written on books or inscribed on stone but words in action.
Face of God in the face of Jesus Christ
“And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.” (John 5:37 KJV)

Having earlier established that Moses did indeed heard the voice of God (from a human perspective) and did perceive a form of God, Jesus is outright telling the Jews that they had never heard or seen God’s form.

Further at the baptism of Jesus a voice was heard from heaven:

“And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mar 1:11 KJV)

Whose voice was that?

As established in an earlier section that when it talks about Moses seeing God’s face it implied intimacy with God.

When Jesus tells the Jews that they had never seen their God it is true in the sense that he is telling them that they have no idea who God was. He spoke the above words in the context of them questioning his healing on Sabbath:
“And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” (Joh 5:16-17 ESV)

Surely they were far from God. They were blind to the mercy and love of God and therefore God was alien to them. Any Godly person would have rejoiced with Christ over the healing but the jews of his time sought opportunity to criticise him. For they forgot that he was the Moses of their time whom they thought they were following. Rejecting Moses was rejecting God and rejecting Jesus was also rejecting God. Both these men had encounters with God “face to face” referring to their intimacy with their God. Both these men spoke and did only what God had commanded them to do.

  • “but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.” (Joh 14:31 ESV)
  • “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” (Joh 4:34 ESV)

Seeing God is only possible with a spiritual eye. This is attained through love or expressing God’s will in our lives:

1Jn 4:12  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
(God dwelling in us is again not physical but spiritual. Manifesting God is a thing of the spirit or mind and not fleshly)

No man hath seen God at any time

  • “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John 1:18 KJV)
  • “who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:16 ESV)

We can then conclude that God’s FACE cannot be seen but a blur vision or FORM of God has been revealed to holy prophets and through their descriptions we get an idea of the appearance of the GLORY of the Almighty:

God spoke of Moses thus:

“With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”  (Numbers 12:8 ESV)

While Moses had his human failings, the man Jesus had no such failings and therefore was very close (Son, which is in the bosom of the Father is not literal but spiritual) to God. Since Moses was close to God he declared God to the jews, likewise Jesus was even closer and declared and made known the Father even fully by way of his words and life.

“Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.” (John 6:46 KJV)
Seeing God implies “knowing” or understanding God. When Jesus declared to Philip “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” he is not referring to the physical appearance but spiritual:
“Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.” (Joh 14:8-10 ESV)

Just as angels manifested God or Moses manifested God to Pharaoh and the jews Jesus also manifested God. He is also no way claiming to be God as that would be a disaster. Jesus always plainly declared that of his own he was NOTHING and that all the authority he had was GOD GIVEN

  • “So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” (Joh 8:28-29 ESV)
  • “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (Joh 5:30 ESV)

Since God cannot be seen he has throughout history sought mediators to reach out to his creation whom he created in his own image. Lastly he was manifested in the face of Jesus – not the physical grandeur but in the spiritual.

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2Co 4:6 ESV)

Spiritual Grandeur of God is in his NAME and in his name is his CHARACTER:

“The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” (Exo 34:5-7 ESV)

The glory of God did shine in the face of Jesus when he healed, spoke, loved and finally gave his life for others. Jesus’ purpose was to show the Father to us and bring us closer to us. He did this not as a king but as a servant wanting to serve others and bring them to God. Many Christians believe that Jesus himself was God Almighty and thereby defeating his very purpose. By making Jesus the Almighty they have disregarded the very God and Father of Jesus and distanced themselves and alienated themselves from God. The intended message of holiness and God manifestation in the flesh of mankind is completely lost. Jesus then no longers bring people to God but to himself and thereby alienating people from the true God who created Jesus in the womb of Mary.

“that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (Joh 17:21 ESV)

Christ is all and in All

The purpose of the life and death of Jesus christ is so that we bear the image of God in our lives by way of his teachings and the example of his life.
“Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.” (Col 3:11 ESV)
How is Christ All?
We were conceived in God’s mind way before creation, but we alone were not the reason for creation. Jesus was conceived even before us and Jesus is the reason for creation because he is the one who fully fulfilled God’s purpose of creation. Jesus brought glory to God not in the grandeur of material things but in the grandeur of spiritual things. He reflected God’s glory in his life by way of truth and showed forth the character of God in his life and death. His death was the representation of the extreme love God had for his disobedient children of creation. Christ is the beginning and end of the human race i.e. he is the reason for creation not only humans but the very universe that supports life on earth.Jesus the head was foreordained:
1Pe 1:20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
The body was also foreordained:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Rom 8:28-29 KJV)

Christ represented the invisible God to the human race and therefore is the fulfillment or completeness or representation of God in human form: “He is the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15 ESV)

How is Christ in all?
Christ is in all the church as it is because of him the church is formed, with Jesus as the head. The body does as directed by the head. If the body does what the head does, then the body reflects the image of the son who in turn reflected the image of his God.

The ultimate purpose of God for the Church is unity in the knowledge of the glory of God. This is how the church reflects the image and glory of God:

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.“ (Col 3:12-16 ESV)

The point of this post is then this:

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1Jn 4:12
Seeing God:
Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. (3 John 1:11 ESV)

Contrasting Moses’ and Jesus’ encounters with God – His Voice, Face and Form

Face of God encounter of Moses Face of God encounter of Jesus
“Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness.” (Exodus 24:9-10 ESV) Joh 6:46 not that anyone has seen

the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father.

The LORD talked with you face to face –  (Deuteronomy 5:4) “And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.” (John 5:37 KJV)
“And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.” (Exodus 33:11 KJV)

Deu 34:10  “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,”

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John 1:18 KJV)
his face shone because he had been talking with God.“ (Exo 34:29 ESV)

“When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever Moses went into the LORD’S presence to speak with him, he took off the veil until he came out. Whenever he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they would see that Moses’ face was shining. Then Moses would put the veil back on until he went in again to speak with the LORD.”  (Exo 34:33-35 GW)

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2Co 4:6 ESV)
and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”

(Exodus 20:19-20 ESV)

Heb 9:15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.
“See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.“ (Exo 7:1 ESV)

He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him.” (Exo 4:14-16 ESV)

Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.  (Joh 14:8-10 ESV)
Deu 1:3 Moses spoke to the people of Israel according to all that the LORD had given him in commandment to them, “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (Joh 5:30 ESV)
And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. (Exodus 33:11 KJV) Mat 11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
“With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”  (Numbers 12:8 ESV) Joh 1:18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known
Exo 33:20   But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”

Deu 4:12 Then the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice.

1Ti 6:16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
Num 12:8   With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”

Num 12:9   And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them, and he departed.

Num 12:10   When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous.

 

Luk 10:16 “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
Heb 3:5   Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, Heb 3:6 but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.
Deu 18:15   “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers–it is to him you shall listen–

Deu 18:16   just as you desired of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’

Deu 18:17   And the LORD said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken.

Deu 18:18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

Joh 12:49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment–what to say and what to speak.

Joh 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.

Joh 5:46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.

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