The Physical Nature of God, the Father:
As we have seen from the two prior examples,
Jacob, Manoah and Manoah's wife had direct
encounters with angels. Although the
directly with God the Father...they are still
referred to as such.
In the next example, let's look closely at some
of Moses' encounters with God on Mount Horeb.
Let's look to see if Moses really saw God the Father
(remember that Jesus said God was an invisible
spirit)...or if he really experienced something
Moses and the Burning Bush
In Exodus 3:1-4, while Moses was pasturing his
flock on Mount Horeb, an "angel of God appeared
to Moses" in a burning bush. Then "the Lord"
spoke to Moses from the burning bush.
The Ten Commandments Given to Moses
Several years later (after the Exodus from Egypt)
the Lord gave the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mt.
Sinai at Horeb. The Lord called the people to
stand before Mt. Sinai at Horeb:
LORD also said to Moses, "Go to the people and
consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them
wash their garments; and let them be ready for the
third day, for on the third day the LORD will come
down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
"And you shall set bounds for the people all around,
saying, 'Beware that you do not go up on the
mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches
the mountain shall surely be put to death. Exodus
"So it came about on the third
day, when it was morning, that there were thunder
and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the
mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all
the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses
brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and
they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount
Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended
upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the
smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked
violently. When the sound of the trumpet grew louder
and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with
thunder. And the LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to
the top of the mountain; and the LORD called Moses
to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. Then
the LORD spoke to Moses, "Go down, warn the people,
lest they break through to the LORD to gaze, and
many of them perish." Exodus 19:16-21 (NAS)
Later on the Lord reminds Moses of the details of
the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb,
when the LORD said to me, 'Assemble the people to
Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may
learn to fear Me all the days they live on the
earth, and that they may teach their children.'
11 "And you came near and stood at the foot of
the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to
the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and
thick gloom. 12 "Then the LORD spoke to
you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound
of words, but you saw no form-- only a voice.
13 "So He declared to you His covenant which
He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten
Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of
stone. 14 "And the LORD commanded me at
that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that
you might perform them in the land where you are
going over to possess it. 15 "So watch yourselves
carefully, since you did not see any form on the day
the LORD spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the
fire... Deuteronomy 4:10-15 (NAS)
In Deuteronomy 4:10-15 God wanted to remind Moses
and the children of Israel of a very important
detail of that day. According to Deuteronomy
4:12, when the Lord spoke to Moses and the people
who assembled at the foot of the mountains at Horeb,
what did the crowd experience?
- Nothing - the people did not see or hear
- They saw that God had a form or body.
- They heard only a voice coming from the
midst of the fire.