“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
LIGHT FOR NOW: Until Jesus, nobody at any time saw God.
Our key text above alludes that no man (not even one) had seen God at any time and this statement encapsulates the entire prophets including Moses. Meaning, none of them ever saw God. So, the questions that we will now handle in subsequent studies are:
- What or who were the prophets in the Old Testament now seeing or relating with in their different encounters?
- What about Moses, didn’t Moses see God?
Now, let’s begin from where the law was given to Moses in Exodus 20, and read key verses to unbundle key truths, “And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces that ye sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven”. (18-22). In Exodus 20 above, the whole scenario on Mount Sinai appeared like it was God displaying the fire, thundering, lightning, smoke, and the noise of the trumpet, which made the Jews so afraid and such that they withdrew and asked Moses only to speak to them and not God lest they die. Even Moses confessed that he also was exceedingly afraid (Hebrews 12:21). Don’t forget the New Testament explains the Old Testament. In the New Testament books of the bible, the authors let us see the involvement of angels in the giving of the law. In Stephen’s sermon in Acts 7, the clarity on the character involved in the giving of the law in Mount Sinai is brought to the fore, “This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angels which spake to him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels and have not kept it” (Acts 7:38, 53).
Notice, the first thing Stephen says concerning Moses’ experience on Sinai in verse 38 is “it was an angel who spoke to Moses in Mount Sinai”. Secondly, in verse 53, he said the law was received by the disposition of angels. So, in Mount Sinai, who spoke to Moses; was it God or an angel? It was an angel that spoke to Moses. The law Moses received, was it God or angels that gave it to him? He received the law by the disposition of angels. So, angels gave him the law. In other words, Stephen knew that on Mount Sinai, the acts that made people fear and tremble (Moses inclusive) which were accorded to God were actually the activities of angels. Thus, in Exodus 20, Moses never saw God, neither did he communicate with God. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION:Learning demands patience, so don’t be in haste.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The bible will be easily interpreted wrongly when it is hastily studied, but easily interpreted rightly when it is dutifully studied.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 20; EVENING: ACTS CHAPTER 7