March 16, 2021

The Face of God

Moses said, “Show me your glory, I pray.”
Exodus 33:18
Through Moses, God told ancient Israel to make no images of the Divine. This commandment was necessary because any depiction of God would be horribly incomplete. It was impossible for a human being to survive a glimpse of God's countenance. From the cleft of a rock, Moses was once exposed to a single attribute of God—God's goodness—and he was so changed by the experience that all who saw him were afraid of him.

Fast forward to the New Testament when the glory of God was displayed first in Bethlehem, later in Galilee, and finally in Judea and Jerusalem. The prophet had predicted that others would hide their face from him—not because of his beauty, but because he was so despised. To look upon the suffering of God's Son was impossible for those who rejected him. But for those who believed, to behold the Christ was to be changed.

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father."
 John 14:8-9
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Help me, O God, to look upon the face of your Son, that my life may be transformed by his love.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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