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Moses saw Gods Glory. His Glory is so intense He would not show His face. His Glory is so intense that Moses needed to be protected by the Clift of the rock and Gods hand. ------- Exodus 33:17-23... 17) And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken : for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 18 And he said , I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said , I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious , and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy . 20 And he said , Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live . 21 And the LORD said , Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by , that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by : 23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen .
Exodus 33...... 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. GODS PRESENCE AND GOODNESS And God's glory passed by
Generally, we tend to think of the backside of anything as its worst side. A person from the back woods is viewed as ignorant and poorly educated. The person who brings up the rear is the loser. The devil, we are told, gets the hindmost. And yet Moses is said to see the "backside" of God in our text. Does this suggest that Moses got less than he asked for, or less than he had hoped for? Hardly! The text makes it clear that the backside of God is His good side, for it is the "goodness of God" which will pass before Moses. Why is the "backside" of God His "good" side? What does this "side" of God have to do with His glory, which is what Moses asked to see? Why could Moses see this side of God, but not the other? The events of our passage are the last to occur before the renewal of the Mosaic Covenant, and thus are closely related to the revival of Israel's hopes. These verses will tell us much about Moses, and even more about the God whom he sought to know more fully.http://bible.org/seriespage/%E2%80%9Cbackside%E2%80%9D-god-exodus-33188211349
Moses spoke to God but didn't see Him ... Exalted is He
( 143 ) And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, "My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You." [Allah] said, "You will not see Me, but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me." But when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious. And when he awoke, he said, "Exalted are You! I have repented to You, and I am the first of the believers." ? Quran (7:143)
--- But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." Exodus 33:20
In the Bible, John wrote: “No man has seen God at any time.” (Joh 1:18) The Christian martyr Stephen told the Jews: “This [Moses] is he that came to be among the congregation in the wilderness with the angel that spoke to him on Mount Sinai.” (Ac 7:38) So God was represented on the mountain by an angel. The answer to the question: Moses to seeing his “back,” evidently the afterglow of this divine manifestation of glory. Then he spoke to Moses personally, as it were. How a appropriate for a loving God and Father to protect His creation.