Sunset in Fulwood

Day 154 You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live

The sun setting over Fulwood. The sun seems to be at its brightest when it is low in the sky because it is directly shining into your eyes, as opposed to shining from above. The sun’s light can not be stared at without some damage as it is too bright. But as I washed the dishes I saw it descending and I gazed at it for a few moments. Thats all it took for a dead area in my sight to make my eyes affected by the sun. Granted some minutes later the image of the sun had disappeared from my burnt retina. Yes it is dangerous to look at the sun and you should not do it, but like a moth I was amazed by an unusual shape the surrounding glow was forming.

We are also told by scripture that we can not beheld the full glory of God.

Exodus 33:20

20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”

Some people read this and think that God is evil and he will kill us for looking at him, but this is not so. It simply means that God’s glory is so immense and powerful that if we were exposed to this, we would not be able to withstand this glory, perhaps in the same way we can not look at the sun for long without our eyes being affected.

But this doesn’t stop us wanted to see God, perhaps not fully but like Moses requesting to see and and God telling Moses to stand in a cleft so that he was shielded from his full image but he did see an aspect of God.

Exodus 33:20-23

20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. 22 So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. 23 Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”

In the same way we have have to put our hand up to shield our eyes from the full power of the light of the sun. God shielded Moses from the full power of himself. So in another way, our sins makes us stand out in a bad way, but Jesus is the shield who takes away the sins of the world if we go on this journey with him, and if we do the will of God then our light will shine for others – hopefully it will dazzle them so they will question “Where does this person get all this goodness from?” and we can answer “From our Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit”. Also perhaps God did eventually show his face, in Jesus Christ when he came to this earth.

Dear Lord, shield me from sin, shield me from the bad things that will happen to me. 
Dear Lord let our light shine, let our light shine for others to see so that it will lead to you, 
our Saviour, Lord and God.

Amen

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