27th November 2017

Who Did They See?

“Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.”
Exodus 24:9–11 (KJV)

Jesus said “And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape” (John 5:37). This seems to disagree with the header scripture. If they saw “the God of Israel” but didn’t see the Father, who did they see?

John the Baptist said “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18). In John 5:18, the Jews thought Jesus was blaspheming and “sought to kill him” because he said God was his Father, making himself equal with God (John 5:18). It seems Israel had not heard about God the Father, whom Jesus came to reveal. The Apostle John explains, “They understood not that he spoke to them of the Father” (John 8:27).

Christians tend to assume that the Lord God in the Old Testament was the One we know as the Father. However, the apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 10:4 “our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”

That “Rock,” Jesus Christ, came to dwell among us as our Emanuel–“God with us”– the Logos (“Word”) who spoke all creation into being as it says in John 1:1-3: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

In the words of the Father himself when Jesus was transfigured in front of his disciples, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5).

Prayer
Father, thank you for revealing yourself through your Son Jesus, sent to be Emanuel–God with us. By your Holy Spirit, help us to hear him.
Amen

Study by Duncan McLean

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About the Author:
Duncan McLean and his wife, Shirley, attend Grace Communion Church Luton, where they regularly contribute music. They run a monthly choir workshop, which is also a social occasion where all are welcome–see www.kingsfold.org

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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