Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is my very first article I have ever written. I would appreciate feedback whether it is good or bad. I really thank you for reading it. May our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ richly bless you.
Jesus Christ had this to say in John 5:37 : 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. So, Jesus admits that they have never seen God or heard His voice at any time? Is this really what Jesus is saying? Or is Jesus only telling the people He is talking to that they have never heard His voice or seen His shape? According to John 1:18: 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 states very clearly that no man has ever seen God at anytime either. This would perhaps rule out the theory that Jesus was only talking to the people He was addressing in John 5:37. Also, in 1 John 4:12 it states : No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. It is quite clear from all of these scriptures that no man has seen God at any time. If no man has seen God at any time then would this make it possible that no one has actually ever heard God’s real voice either? The most famous case in The Bible for a man speaking face to face with God is Moses. Moses spoke with God face to face on Mount Sinai at the burning bush? A man who received The Ten Commandments written with the finger of God Himself? A man who led the Israelites out of Egypt’s bondage, but with God as a pillar of fire and a pillar of cloud leading all of them? Is this what really happened? Was Jesus Christ mistaken? Along with John? Keep in mind what 2 Timothy 3:16 states : All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. Now, let’s look at the evidence. We will first start with the book of Acts, and see what it has to say on this matter. First, we will talk about the burning bush. according to Acts 7:30 it states : And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. So, according to the book of Acts it was an angel of The Lord who appeared to him in the burning bush, and it was not actually God Himself. In Exodus 3:2 it is written : And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. The book of Acts corroborates the events that took place in the book of Exodus. Namely that it was in fact an angel that was in the burning bush. Now on to point number two which is that Moses received The Ten Commandments from God Himself written with God’s own finger. This is according to Exodus 31:18 which reads : And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. Let’s continue with the book of Acts, and see what it states about this event. In Acts 7:38 it states : This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us. So, if Moses was speaking to an angel and that angel was relaying the ten commandments. Would it be possible then that the angel was also writing the ten commandments? The book of Acts continues and it states in Acts 7:53 : Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. Stephen believes that the law was given to Moses by the disposition of angels. The third point, who was the pillar of fire leading by night and who was the cloudy pillar that was leading the Israelites by day? Exodus 33:2 states : I will send an angel before you and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. In Exodus 33:10 it states : And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. in Exodus 14:19 it states : And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them. It seems that both the pillar of fire and the pillar of cloud are angels working in tandem. During the day, the pillar of fire was at the very front and the pillar of cloud was directly behind the pillar of fire. During the night the roles of the two angels were reversed. Looking at the evidence it would seem that it was angels who were leading the way for the Israelites. Looking at the evidence presented it would seem that Jesus Christ was speaking the truth. But, I would prefer that you draw your own conclusion.