God’s Appearance

Hab 3:4 His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power.

Between the writing of the first and second sets of tablets of the Ten Commandments, Moses pled with God to see Him literally face to face. God passed by Moses, but shielded him (veiled His power) from seeing His face. (Ex 33:12-23). The first thing God is quoted as speaking into existence is light (Gen 1:3). David (Ps 27:1), Isaiah (Is 10:17), and various other Old Testament writers said that God is light. In the New Testament Jesus is called a light and even proclaims himself to be the light of the world (Jn 8:12). At the conclusion of John’s Revelation we learn that God Almighty and Jesus are the light source in heaven (Rev 21:23-24, 22:5).


About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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2 Responses to God’s Appearance

  1. Todd Beal says:

    Can you even imagine being in Moses’ shoes when the all powerful God personally passed him by? You know, if I remember correctly, this is the only time after the fall of man that someone actually saw the powerful spirit form of a heavenly being, whether God or angels, and did not fall on his face as dead. Although, it is possible that Jesus Christ was the son of man in spirit form walking in the furnace, as spoken of in Daniel.

    Whatever the case, Moses was amazingly close to God. Can you even imagine physically experiencing God’s presence to the point that your face shines like the sun? It happened to Moses, regularly. Wow! Someday we’ll have it even better than that but for all eternity, basking in the full presence of Jesus!

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