Shalom. Our teaching this morning will be from Exodus 33.12-20, but we will start with verse 11. And we have a title for the message; You Cannot See My Face and Live.
READ EXODUS 33.11-20
The time is immediately after Moses returned to the People from spending 40 days and 40 nights in Mt. Sinai with GOD. And when Moses came down from the mountain carrying the two tables of stone with the Ten Commandments written by the Finger of GOD, and seeing the great sin of the People, the graven image called the golden calf, Moses smashed the two tables of stone, and GOD was furious with the People. For the Children of Israel had said concerning the idol, this is your god O Israel.
Three thousand Jewish men were killed by the sword at the command of The LORD GOD. And Moses returned to GOD in the mountain, and asked The LORD to forgive His people, and if not, Moses said, blot me out of the Book of Life. But GOD said, whosoever has sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My Book. Therefore GOD said, Go and lead this people to the place of which I have spoken to you. That place is Canaan. Today Israel.
EXODUS 33.11-12 GOD said to Moses, I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.
Grace in Hebrew is KHAYNE meaning love, and kindness, and accepted. Thus GOD looked upon Moses with love, and kindness, and GOD accepted Moses. Remember, Moses is the giver of GOD’s Laws known as The Law of Moses. And GOD’s Laws are for Israel and all the nations.
And Moses speaking Face to face with GOD as a man speaks to his friend said to The LORD, you have not let me know whom you will send with me… And GOD answered Moses a little later on.
EXODUS 33.13 And Moses asked The LORD, Show me now your Way.
The Hebrew word for Way is DEH’REKH. Moses asked GOD, Show me Your way, show me Your way of life, the way You think, Your way of dealing with mankind, and Your way of dealing with sin. Remember, sin is breaking GOD’s Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. 1 John 3.4.
So let’s look at some of the ways of GOD that GOD Himself tells us openly in The Bible.
GOD’s Way is merciful, gracious, longsuffering, that is, slow to anger, and abundant in goodness and truth. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin. EXODUS 34.6-7
In the Ten Commandments, GOD says, He shows mercy, that is love, and kindness and goodliness to thousands of them that love Him and keep His Commandments. EXODUS 20.6
My Commandments in Hebrew is MEETS’VO’TAHY, meaning GOD’s Commandments, especially GOD’s Laws that are written in the Law of Moses. In the Ten Commandments, GOD tells mankind, that He shows mercy to thousands of them who love Him, and keep His Commandments, His Laws written in The Law of Moses. That is the Way of GOD. Yeshua said similar words in JOHN 14.15.
Most people, it is written, hear the Words that come forth from The LORD, but DO NOT do them. EZEKIEL 33.30-33
Sadly, most Bible teachers teach AGAINST The Law of Moses teaching NOT to do the Words that come forth from GOD. GENESIS 2.17, GENESIS 3.4
DEUTERONOMY 7.9 The Way of GOD is that GOD is a faithful GOD. You can trust Him, and believe Him, and know that GOD is true. His Word is true. And GOD is loyal to you. You can depend on GOD always to help you. And GOD will always defend you. That is GOD’s Way to those who love GOD and prove it by keeping His Commandments, His Meets’vote that are written in The Law of Moses.
GOD’s Way is to have those who hear the Words that come forth from GOD and do them, Go and teach others those very same Words that proceed from the Mouth of GOD. MATTHEW 28.19-20, MATTHEW 4.4
And the way that GOD deals with sin, those who break GOD’s Law of Moses, who do not repent, and do not turn to The LORD, and do not walk in His Statutes, and do not keep His Law of Moses that GOD has given to all the world to do them, is a frightful thing. MATTHEW 7.21-23, 1 JOHN 3.4
But those who repent and turn to GOD, who have faith in the Jewish Messiah Yeshua, and walk in the Statutes of GOD, hearing GOD’s Words, and doing them, they are the Family of GOD who will spend eternity with The King and GOD of Israel, Yeshua The Messiah in Heaven forever. And that is The Way of GOD. LUKE 8.19-21, JOHN 17.6, 8, 14,15, 23, 24
EXODUS 33.14 So GOD’s answer to Moses’ request, You have not let me know whom You will send with me. GOD answered, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.
My Presence in Hebrew is PAH’NY, meaning I, The LORD GOD Almighty will go with you.
Israel and the Jewish People are GOD’s People.
And GOD said to Moses, and I will give you rest. Rest in Hebrew is NOO’AKH. Noah’s name in Hebrew is NO’AKH which also means rest, and comes from the Hebrew NOO’AKH that means rest and comfort.
It’s widely known that GOD saved and delivered Noah and his family of eight including himself from the flood that wiped out the entire world’s population at the time. But few know why GOD saved Noah and his family from destruction? Because Noah was a just man, and perfect, and he walked with GOD.
Continuing with Hebrew words and their meanings, the word just in Hebrew as in Noah was a just man, just in Hebrew is STAH’DEEK meaning law-abiding and righteous. That is, Noah walked with GOD and obeyed GOD’s laws. GENESIS 6.9, GENESIS 7.1-2
Certainly Israel was not just or righteous, or law-abiding, or perfect, but GOD kept His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the Jewish People to give the Children of Israel the land of the Canaanites that has been Israel for some 3,400 years for an everlasting possession. GOD is faithful. GOD keeps His Word and His Promises forever. He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And Israel and the Jewish people live. And so will all who follow GOD correctly as Noah did. GENESIS 26.1-5, Genesis 17.8, Isaiah 40.8, 1 Peter 1.23-25, Hebrews 13.8
GALATIANS 3.7 For those outside of Judaism to be the children of Abraham, you must be like Abraham. Believing in GOD, and today believing in the Biblical Messiah Yeshua Who is The One GOD. Obeying GOD’s Voice. Every Word He speaks. And keeping GOD’s charge, His instructions, His teachings, and His Laws that are all written in The Law of Moses.
And The Law of Moses includes belief and teachings of The Messiah Yeshua Who is Elohim Yehovah, Hashem. And those who are of faith are obedient to the words that come forth from The LORD, and do them.
EXODUS 33.15 Unless you personally go with us, Moses said to GOD, don’t make us go up from here.
EXODUS 33.16 And Moses said to GOD, How shall it be known that I have found Your Grace, I and Your people unless you go with us. That is what separates us, or sets us apart from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
The Hebrew word for separated is PAH’LAH meaning set apart, put a difference, distinguish, being different. Also, to make wonderful and marvelous. LEVITICUS 20.26
Why has GOD separated Israel from the nations?
No other nation in the world apart from Israel serves GOD,
and keeps GOD’s Statutes, His Law of Moses. Yes, Israel and the Jewish people are not perfect, but The Torah, The Law of Moses is the foundation for the laws of Israel and the Jewish People. All the other nations, including the United States have eliminated GOD’s Laws.
EXODUS 33.17-18, VERSE 18 Show me Your Glory, Moses asked GOD.
Glory in Hebrew is KAH’VODE, a Hebrew word meaning great splendor, glory, beauty and magnificence. And GOD’s Glory fills Heaven and earth. GOD’s Glory transcends the universe.
EXODUS 33.19 And GOD said to Moses, I will make all My goodness pass before you.
All GOD’s goodness, if it was written, even the world itself could not contain the books that would have to be written. John wrote similar words about Yeshua The Messiah, in John 21.25.
GOD is sovereign. He determines everything Himself. He will be gracious to whom He will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom He will show mercy.
I believe that GOD is gracious and merciful to those whom He has chosen, whom He has chosen to believe in Messiah Yeshua, who hear GOD’s words that come forth from The LORD and do them. GOD will be gracious to them, and He will be merciful to them. GOD is sovereign.
EXODUS 33.20 And GOD said to Moses, You cannot see My Face, for no man shall see Me and live. Yet, GOD is talking to Moses Face to face as a man speaks to his friend. EXODUS 33.11
Moses spoke to GOD for 40 years Face to face. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and others, many others saw The LORD. They saw The Face of GOD.
Yeshua The Messiah Who is The LORD GOD, Elohim, Hashem, The One GOD spoke Face to face with the Jewish People and others in Israel for years. Yet GOD told Moses, you cannot see My Face, for no man shall see Me and live.
Genesis 18.1, Genesis 26.2, Genesis 32.30, Exodus 33.11, Isaiah 6.1, John 7.14, etc.
And that brings to mind Genesis 1.1 and Deuteronomy 6.4 that tell of the plurality of The ONE and only GOD.
Deuteronomy 6.4 reads, Hear O Israel, The LORD our GOD, The LORD is One. The Hebrew word for one is EH’KHAD which is plural in its meaning, such as one, alike, the same, one and the same. Thus GOD is ONE in His plurality of His many manifestations, His appearances. There is only ONE GOD and there are no others.
Genesis 1.1 reads, “Elohim created the Heaven and the earth.” Elohim is a plural word for GOD meaning GODs, G-O-D-s. But there is only ONE GOD and no others beside Him. Yet GOD calls Himself Elohim, a plural word for GOD.
The One GOD has revealed Himself openly to men and women as The Father, Yehovah or Jehovah or Yah or Hashem. He revealed Himself as The Son Who is The Messiah Yeshua. Often He has shown Himself as The Son of Man, an Angel, an Angel of The LORD, the Angel of GOD. And those who saw GOD in those appearances saw GOD’s Face.
But His appearances are not the fullness of GOD’s Spiritual Being and Nature that fills Heaven, and the Heaven of Heavens and earth. There’s a whole lot more to GOD.
The ONE GOD of Creation is also The Spirit, The Holy Spirit, The Glory of GOD, The Shikynah, The Presence of GOD, the Fire in the midst of a bush when Moses first met GOD, the Cloudy Pillar that stood at the door of the Tabernacle, the Fire in the wilderness that gave light to the people at night. All the appearances of The ONE GOD of Creation. And of course the people did not see GOD’s Face in those manifestations.
GOD is ONE, EH’KHAD, plural. And GOD is ELOHIM, plural, but ONE GOD. All are the ONE GOD, ONE and the same.
But there is another manifestation of GOD. His Spiritual Being. His Spiritual Essence that fills Heaven and earth. GOD fills eternity. GOD has no measure. GOD has no limits. GOD is not contained. GOD is not contained in space. GOD fills everything, everywhere. The Spiritual Nature of GOD cannot be seen, because GOD says, You cannot see My Face, for no man shall see Me and live.
Look, GOD is transcendent. GOD is beyond ordinary limits. He surpasses understanding. Even to the extent that it is impossible to discuss GOD’s Nature in human terms. But GOD, Yeshua the Messiah tells us in very simple terms what GOD requires of us, from His entire human Creation. That requirement is Hear what GOD speaks, and do it. Do every Word that comes forth from the LORD. And there is only ONE GOD. MARK 12.28-31, DEUTERONOMY 6.4
In closing, let’s look at some interesting Scriptures about the Mighty GOD, The Everlasting Father, Yeshua The Messiah The King. Isaiah 9.6, (Hebrew Scriptures Isaiah 9.5).
DEUTERONOMY 4.35, PSALM 139.7-12, 6, PSALM 148.13, PROVERBS 15.3,
ISAIAH 57.15 Eternity in Hebrew is AHD, meaning forever, without end, beyond limits, beyond space, beyond human understanding.
ISAIAH 66.1-2, 1 KINGS 8.27, JEREMIAH 23.24
Thus, no man can see the Spiritual Nature of GOD that fills Heaven and earth and live. No man can see GOD’s Face, for no man shall see GOD and live.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein