Ralph's Daily Devotional - Wednesday, June 6

Exodus 3:6 shows Moses afraid to look at God.  This idea of fear associated with seeing God is a common motif throughout religious history.  In Greek mythology, the goddess Medusa is depicted as one who turns to stone all who look upon her face, thus anyone who approaches her does so in fear with eyes covered.  Fear of seeing God is also depicted in Scripture as a fearful experience: "Woe is me for I have seen the Lord of Host!" (Isaiah 6:1-6)

Later, in Exodus 33:23, Moses requests to see God and is told, "No one can see My face and live."

No one has seen God in his fullness except Jesus (John 6:46).  God cannot be seen in His fullness by mortal men (John 1:18).  Yet Jesus states to his disciples, "He who has seen me has seen the Father," implying that He alone reveals God as His only son.

When John sees Jesus in glory, He is filled with fear as was Moses (Revelation 1:17).  Yet Jesus promises a day will come when His people will see God in His fullness (Matthew 5:8, Revelation 22:4).

For the time being, the hope and promise is that while we have not seen God, He has seen us and has shown Himself as not aloof but active in our lives.

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