Thinking Cap # 22 - Face to Face?

Read Genesis 32:30. I find there that Jacob saw "God face to face." Similarly in Exodus 33:11, we read where the Lord talked to "Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend." So far so good. But, then I read a little further on and just nine verses later we find out that a man cannot see God's face for "Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live." Just a slight contradiction, for we know that Moses and Jacob both lived after they saw God face to face. But, then just to balance it out we read in John 1:18 that "No man hath seen God at any time." At least now it's two "for" and two "against." Trouble is the Bible appears contradictory. How would you respond to your friend who puts this dilemma to you ?

This "Thinking Cap" seemed to prick the interest of several of you as I received more input and thoughts on it than any other thinking cap in the past year. To start with, let's list the four verses in question so that we have them in front of us:

In my opinion, here is how I would tackle this question.

Pleasant Thinking,
Kent Haralson


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