Monday, August 14, 2006

Old Testement Thesis: Part 4

appearance of God proved where Jacob said "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." Jacob experienced another visible visitation of God as recorded, which states "and God appeared unto Jacob again."

(H) The Lord appeared to Moses "in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush".26 This is an instance in the Bible where the record uses "the angel of the Lord" for God, Himself.
The Lord "came down upon mount Sinai, "to give the ten commandments in the sight of all the people".

We're also told that of the leaders of Israel (including Moses and Aaron) saw God and ate with Him on Sinai Moses saw God again on Sinai face to face. We also read of God talking with Moses as he entered the tabernacle, which reads "the Lord spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend " Even the heathen had knowledge of God being seen face to face
We also learn from the Bible of the time when Moses asked to see God's glory, instead of His bodily form apart from His glory which he had already seen many times. God refused to show him His glory as expressed in His face, but said Moses might see it as expressed in "my back parts"

Moses saw God another time as "He descended in the cloud, and stood with him there"
Another scripture reference shows God appeared to Moses and all Israel when it says "there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar". This instance indicates a visible presence.

We are also told that "there went out fire from the Lord to devour wicked priests who "offered strange fire before the Lord, which He commanded them not", "The Lord came down ... and stood in the door of the tabernacle" to be seen and heard by Moses, Miriam and Aaron." We also find that when Moses was 120 years old which was at the time of his death, the Lord appeared to him.

(I) We're also told that "God came unto Balaam at night" to instruct him and warn him Also, it says "God met Balaam, and give him words to speak. "The Lord met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth." Joshua saw God in a visable body, having a "sword in his hand" The fact that He received worship when "Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship" proves the visible presence was God.

God appeared to Israel to rebuke them for sin.4 The Lord also appeared to Gideon and "sat under an oak" in visible form.

The Lord appeared to Manoah's wife and predicted Samson's birth. He also appeared to Manoah and his wife together, in answer to prayer. That this was an appearance of God in visible form is clear from, "Manoah said unto his wife, we shall surely die, because we have seen God .

God appeared to Samuel and called him to be a prophet, as seen in the recording, "the Lord came, and stood, and called". He again appeared to Samuel as shown: "and the Lord appeared again in Shiloh".

(J) Elijah saw the Lord when he stood "upon the mount before the Lord, and behold, the Lord passed by."

It's also recorded where David saw the Lord. It says that David saw the angel of the Lord, but he called him God. In reference to this appearance, we're told "where the Lord appeared to David." God appeared to Job who said "I have heard of thee but now mine eye seeth thee".

(L) God appeared to Isaiah in the temple, where he testified "I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple."

(M) Amos the prophet, declared "I saw the Lord standing upon the altar"

(N) Ezekiel saw God . Daniel saw Him Zechariah saw him. It seems logical that Enoch, Noah and others may have seen God also, because they walked with Him and received specific instructions from Him.


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