|Has Man Seen God?
Joseph Francis Alward
This brief article shows that there may have
been confusion on the part of the Bible
writers: John evidently believed that no
man has seen God, while Moses tells us that
he had, indeed, seen God.
John wrote that no man has "seen" God:
"No man hath seen God at any time
Not that any man hath seen the Father,
save he which is of God, he hath seen
the Father. (John 6:46)
No man hath seen God at any time."
|The penalty for looking at God is death,
so sayeth the Lord to Moses: "And he said, Thou
canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live." (Exodus
33:20) However, Moses and seventy of the
elders of Israel evidently met with God, saw him, and lived to tell
about it. Here is the story:
"And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the Lord, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel and worship ye afar off.....Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Anadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone....and upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand." (Exodus 24:1-11)