Thus although the wicked nations and people defy him, and cast insults with their mouths at him, “You, O LORD, laugh in disgust at them; you taunt all the nations” (Ps. For example, the psalmist prays, “Do not reject me (lit., hide your face from me) or I will join those descending to the grave” (Ps. 82 It is interesting to note that the ancient law codifier Hammurapi calls himself, “The enlightened prince who enlightens the face of Tishpak.” Driver and Miles, The Babylonian Laws, vol. 63:9). William Cowper also speaks of God’s face in his well-known hymn: “God Moves in a Mysterious Way. As Simeon cradled the infant Jesus in his arms he remarked, “My eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence (before the face/presence) of all peoples” (Lk. Instead, it means that God and Moses shared a deep friendship. Bowing down with one’s face to the ground/floor or falling on one’s face appears in many contexts whether to indicate honor or respect (e.g., 1 Sam. To be sure the face is understood to be literally involved in the action but the deed symbolized something greater. Confirmation of this understanding comes from Moses’ encounter with God before Mount Sinai. As a result God heard his prayer, delivered him from his dire circumstances, and reinstated him to his prophetic office. The face of God is "the express image" of His personality. 5:16). 51:9). 1:11). For example, paragraph 141 reads: “If a married lady who is dwelling in a man’s house sets her face to go out (of doors) and persists in behaving herself foolishly wasting her house (and) belittling her husband, they shall convict her” (etc.). The face often appears in contexts involving personal relationships. Pss. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God … 3:23; Lk. As Christians, our highest satisfaction will come when we see our God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and when we stand before Them in perfect uprightness. Because Christ was fully God and fully man, the people of Israel saw only his human or visible form and did not die. 3:16).85. For example people are often said to meet one another “face to face.” Jeremiah predicts that Zedekiah will be captured and will speak to the king of Babylon “face to face” (Jer. 119:160; 2 Tim. 23:5). Applying human characteristics to God is called anthropomorphism, from the Greek words anthropos (man, or human) and morphe (form). Christian Standard Bible For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. 12:4).94 Jacob himself was so overcome by the events of that night that he “named the place Peniel, explaining, ‘Certainly I have seen God face to face, and survived’” (Gen. 32:20). 33:23) or could (Ex. I will show you great and mysterious things which you do not know about” (Jer. 4. Particularly important were passages that spoke of God’s pleasure concerning the proper sacrifices made to him. 112 At Pentecost the apostle Peter pointed out that David’s hope for immortality lay in the Greater David, the resurrected Christ. (NIV) The difference will be that, at this point, the faithful will have died and will be in their resurrection bodies. Indeed, the brother’s failure to perform the required obligation was considered a serious breach of Mosaic Law. 12:45; 14:9). 53:3-12). We noted previously that texts in which God is said to have a face referred primarily to his personal presence. A “hard” face is indicative of defiance (Jer 5:3), impudence (Prov 7:13) ruthlessness (Deut 28:50). Similarly, “hiding the face” can display displeasure or revulsion (Isa. As he writes to the Thessalonians, Paul tells them that he had been “separated from you … for a short time in presence (lit., face) not in affection” (lit., in heart; 1 Thess. A “shining” face is evidence of joy (Job 29:24). To “lift up the face” can also indicate partiality. For details, see Kenneth W. Osbeck, 101 More Hymn Stories (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1965), 85-88. I have seen your disgusting acts of worship on the hills throughout the countryside” (Jer. Although the chronology of the verse is before Jesus made claim to be the Father, John wrote the book after His claim, giving reason to suggest that there is indeed a distinction between seeing the face of Jesus and the face of God the Father. In such cases not only will pain and sorrow follow (Ps. Once again we see a poignant image. He does not have a body: "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." In Genesis 32:30, Jacob saw God appearing as a man; he did not truly see God. 13:26-27). The Bible says believers will, indeed, see the face of God, but in the New Heaven and the New Earth, as revealed in Revelation 22:4: "They will see his face and his name will be on their foreheads." 15:19). F rank E. Gaebelein; et al., vol. I am the one in whose face they spit” (Job 17:6). For details, see G. R. Driver and John C. Miles, The Babylonian Laws, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1960). Thus Cain complained to the Lord that he was driving him from the “face of the land,” to places where he would disappear from God’s sight and possibly by the victim of some person’s murderous act (Gen. 4:14). Let us remind ourselves first of all of some of the information we have gathered from our study of God’s face. Thus Paul writes of a situation that caused him to oppose Peter. 19:4). 25:17). How Did God Appear to Man in the Old Testament? A “nosey” person, however, pries into others’ affairs and is said to have “poked his nose” into them. 5:24), a revelation through the Angel of the Lord (Judg. A common phrase indicating God’s actions is that of “lifting up the face.” This idiom can imply favoritism or partiality. 14:25; Rev. Further, as united to Christ whose sacrifice was a “pleasing aroma” to God the Father, believers can live lives that are satisfying and acceptable to God—all the while looking forward eagerly to that glorious day when they shall enjoy his blessed presence for all eternity. When Balaam the hireling prophet “saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery as at other times, but turned (lit., set) his face toward the wilderness” (Num. 111 Willem VanGemeren, “Psalms,” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, ed. 18:8), Before turning to examine texts that remind us of our obligations before God, we pause to look at what the Bible says concerning one of the prominent features of the face—the nose. As we have noted, in preparation for that meeting he sent gifts ahead so as to conciliate Esau hoping that Esau would “lift up the face” of Jacob (i.e., receive him cordially). 1 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1966), 6, #27, lines 14-15. See what the Bible says about forgiveness through these scriptures. 25:23). A “false face,” however, indicates an attempt to hide one’s feelings or opinions. 100 Leland Ryken, James C. Wilhoit, and Tremper Longman III, eds, “Nose, Nostrils,” in Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (Downers Grove, InterVarsity, 1998), 597. 30:9). To be noted also is the Egyptian [r]diÃm h£r n, “give [a command] to the face of,” indicating an order given to an individual. King David expressed it so well: “Seek the LORD and the strength he gives! 37:13). At times this indicates a prostration in prayer (Mt. Such indeed proved to be the case, for Zedekiah was blinded by his captors and led away in chains to Babylon (2 Kings 25:1-7; Jer. Indeed, Peter should have known better, for he himself had been used to minister the Gospel to a Roman centurion named Cornelius at Caesarea. So not only did Moses see God, they carried on a dialogue, speaking face to face like friends. 67:1; 80:3; 119:131) but should realize that God is “aware of our sins; you even know about our hidden sins (lit., what we have hidden to the light of your face)” (Ps. 107 W. D. Longstaff, “Take Time to Be Holy.”. 74 Stuart Briscoe, The One Year Book of Devotions for Men (Wheaton: Tyndale, 2000), 201. The psalmist points out the impotence of idols by noting, “They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see, ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell” (Ps. Seeing God Face to Face. Indeed, when God’s people pray for cleansing, they may anticipate God’s forgiveness so that they rejoice in his presence. What does the Bible say about dying, seeing heaven and returning to life? In that same context the Lord assured Moses, “My Presence (lit., my face) will go with you and I will give you rest” (Ex. And not only for this life, but the call-answer motif assures God’s servant that at death his communion with God will go right on in all fullness of fellowship (Job 14:14-15; cf. Rather, it is given for mankind in order that people may understand his active presence in world affairs, particularly in connection with his own people. One of the most distinctive features of the face is the nose. 88 Eugene Merrill, Deuteronomy, in The New American Commentary Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1994), 328. 78 V. P. Hamilton, “Pa„ni„m. The only One who can so patiently suffer is the One without sin, the Christ of God.”89 Indeed, Isaiah goes on to describe this One in terms that surely can apply to no one other than the Messiah, God’s son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Isa. God and Moses were speaking to each other as if they were two human beings having a close conversation. Both the offering and the offerer’s attitude in presenting the offering were deemed acceptable and satisfactory to God. It is likely, therefore, that “face to face” in this context describes a personal encounter between two individuals (i.e., person to person). 46:1). To be sure, “To behold the face of God is in itself impossible to mortals without dying. 29:6). . On one occasion in a tent of meeting, which lay outside of the Israelite camp, God was said to “speak to Moses face to face the way a person speaks to a friend” (Ex. We read the Bible to see Jesus. - Darby Bible David’s prayer is reflected elsewhere in the sixty-seventh psalm: “May God show us his favor and bless us! 19:5), priests (Lam. For how will it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people?” (Ex. He can therefore be prepared for those dangerous periods on life’s journey. Submission or respect for a superior or elder was demanded in the Old Testament. In the passage from Exodus above, even God used human terms to speak of himself. 90 Job does appear to describe a real situation later, however, for he complains, “They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face” (Job 30:10). He had served Laban for many years and now faced the prospect of meeting his brother Esau whom he had defrauded so long ago. Although this concept can be worthwhile in aiding readers to relate to God, it can cause trouble if taken too literally. If we “face up” to a problem, we confront it in an effort to solve it. 5:2). The Bible says believers will, indeed, see the face of God, but in the New Heaven and the New Earth, as revealed in Revelation 22:4: "They will see his face and his name will be on their foreheads." 73:23-26). What, then, does Exodus 33:11 mean by saying God and Moses spoke “face to face”? What a comfort it is to know that God stands against the wicked but is on the side of the believer (Pss. Who Is the Angel of the Lord in the Bible? Thus in prophesying concerning the fall of Nineveh Nahum charges the Assyrian capital city with being a “wanton prostitute” (Nah. 2:46), especially of a king (2 Sam. “Smoke Ascended From His Nostrils’ (Ps. In such circumstances it is reassuring to be aware of the Lord’s presence (2 Chr. Such is our privilege and high calling, and our eternal blessedness, for David speaks of our “absolute joy in your presence (lit., face, Ps. In verses 20 and 23, face and back are in reference to God’s “glory” and “goodness” (verses 18–19). Leah: The Woman No Man Loved But Every Woman Envied (Gen. 29:15-35), 1. By divine revelation the apostle Paul declared that Jesus Christ is the very image of God (2 Cor. All of God's prophets observed these mental pictures, which were images but not physical human-to-God encounters. 2:17) but was praying “ earnestly night and day to see you (lit., your face) and make up what may be lacking in your faith” (1 Thess. The metaphor is very close to the reality.”91 Therefore, the punishment would fit the crime: “‘I am against you,’ declares the LORD who commands armies. 6:16). “The imagery here personifies God in his turning his back on sin and thereby not being able to see it again.”98. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.’” (Exodus 33:19–23). As Edward Young points out, the description of this servant goes far beyond any human sufferer: “It would be impossible for any sinful human being, no matter how fine a person he was, to undergo the sufferings herein described without a spirit of rebellion welling up within him… . Thus the man who was contemplating suicide laments, “ Death is before me today like a man’s longing to see his home when he has spent many years in captivity.” See Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, vol 1, 168. To be noted also is the Egyptian phrase h£r nb (every face), which commonly means “everyone.”. A particularly graphic figure utilizing the face is that of “pulling up the skirt over the face.” The image is related to the act of harlotry. Under those circumstances God is said to “hide his face” from his people or bring his judgment. 5:15), or “putting the face between the knees” (1 Kings 18:42). 2:15-16). 33:20) see God. 3:1). Nothing in human experience is even close to such a being, so to help readers relate to God in some understandable way, the writers of the Bible used human attributes to speak of God. God’s impartiality was demonstrated in the judgment and exile of his people: “The LORD himself (lit., the face of the Lord) has scattered them; he no longer watches over them. 90:8). They may “look down their noses” in disdain while doing so. One would “seek the face” of someone in an authoritative position. 4:6; cf. Pleasing aromas are reported in connection with the Levitical sacrifices well over a dozen times. very strong anger or displeasure (Gen 4:5).78, “He sees God’s face with rejoicing” (Job 33:26). 106 See further, Stuart Briscoe, The One Year Book of Devotions for Men (Wheaton: Tyndale, 2000), 252. 16:15).82 Similarly, “A joyful heart makes the face cheerful, but by a painful heart the spirit is broken” (Prov. 14:5; 16:4), or worship/reverence in the presence of God (Ezek. The psalmist’s experience needs to be that of every believer: “I find delight in your statutes; I will not forget your instructions” (Ps. 13:1-2, MT) but dire circumstances can occur. The crowning result is to "see his face" in the fulness of its glory, and forever. The act of spitting displays the utmost disdain or contempt.”88. For the writers of the Bible, the human face could represent the entire person. 4:4), in whose face we have “the light of the glorious knowledge of God” (2 Cor. In Jeremiah’s opening vision he reports having seen a boiling pot “tipped toward us from (lit., its face from the face of) the north” (Jer. And to enjoy this vision of God softened by love is the highest honour God in His mercy can confer on a man; it is the blessedness itself that is reserved for the upright.”108. Christ was born of a Jewish woman. Taken together calling and answering become woven into a standard motif to express close fellowship and intimate communion, especially in times of great distress (Pss.
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