Moses was an extremely important servant of God. With him, God spoke Ďface to faceí (Numbers 12:8). That phrase means Ďas a man speaks with his friendí (Exodus 33:11). In other words, Moses heard Godís words clearly. However, even Moses did not see the face of God.
In Exodus 33:18, Moses asked to see Godís glory (the splendid beauty of Godís perfect character). Godís reply was that he would permit Moses to see the glory of his back. God would cause all his goodness to pass in front of Moses. God would declare his holy name to Moses. However, God would still not permit Moses to see his face (Exodus 33:18-23). No person can see Godís face and live (Exodus 33:20). In other words, if Moses saw Godís face, he would die. Godís face was too wonderful even for Moses to see.
However in the New Jerusalem, John says that Godís people will see his face. Paul seems to say the same thing in 1 Corinthians 13:12. God will be among his people, so they will see him constantly. They will see his glory and nothing will separate them from him (2 Corinthians 3:18). It will not hurt them and they will not die. That is so because Godís Holy Spirit gives life to them. The Holy Spirit is like a river that flows constantly from God to them (John 7:37-39; Revelation 22:1-2). In Ezekiel 47:1-6, the river increased as it flowed.
As Godís people see Godís glory, they reflect it. The effect is constantly to make them more like Christ (2 Corinthians 3:7-18; 1 John 3:2).
Godís name upon their heads is a declaration of their relationship to him (see Revelation 14:1 and contrast Revelation 13:16). It is a great honour for them that God is their master. Their greatest joy is to serve him.
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