Yeshua’s (Jesus’) Face is Seen, G-d’s Face is Not

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As the Torah records,

‘Mosheh [Moses] said, ‘Please show me Your glory.’ And He said, ‘I will make all My goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you My name ‘HaShem’. And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. And’, He said, ‘you cannot see My face, for man is not able to see Me and live.’ And HaShem said, ‘Behold, there is a place by Me where you shall stand on the rock, and while My glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away My hand, and you will see My back, but My face will not be seen.’
— Shemot (Exodus) 33:18-23

Look how this is renderred in the targummim:

‘And he said, ‘Show me, I pray, Your glory!’ And He said, ‘I will make all My goodness pass before your face, and I will proclaim the Name of HaShem before you, and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and have mercy on whom I will have mercy. And He said, You cannot see the face of My Shkhinah; for no man can see Me and remain alive.’ And HaShem said, ‘Behold, there is a place prepared before Me, and you will stand on the rock, and it shall be, when My glory passes, I will put you in a cavern of the rock, and My Memra [Word] will overshadow you until I have passed.’
— Targum Onkelos

Notice the distinction between HaShem’s Shkhinah and His Word.

Targum Yonatan interprets the passage likewise:

‘And He said, ‘You cannot see the visage of My face; for no man can see Me and remain alive.’ And HaShem said, ‘Behold, a place is prepared before Me, and you will stand on the rock. And it will be that when the glory of My Shkhinah passes before you, I will put you in a cavern of the rock, and will overshadow you with My Memra until the time that I have passed by. And I will make the host of angels who stand and minister before Me to pass by, and you will see the handborder of the tephilla of My glorious Shkhinah; but the face of the glory of My Shkhinah you are not able to see.’

Now consider this in light of the words of HaShem’s Memra who became flesh and dwelt among us, together with his disciples.

As Yokhannan (John) says,

‘No one has ever yet seen Elokim [G-d]; the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, he has made Him known.’
— Yokhannan (John) 1:18

And as Shaul says,

‘…[G-d] dwells in unapproachable light, Whom no one has ever seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.’
— 1 Timothy 6:16b

But as for Yeshua, Yokhannan says,

‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory…’
— Yokhannan 1:14a

And Mattityahu (Matthew) records,

‘And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun…’
— Mattityahu 17:2a

As Yokhannan says of his vision of Yeshua after the resurrection,

‘…his face was like the sun shining in full strength.’
— Hitgallut (Revelation) 1:16

But as for G-d, the Father, R’ Yeshua says,

‘…not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from HaElokim [the G-d]; he has seen the Father.’
— Yokhannan 6:46

Yeshua had seen the Father like the rest of the host of Heaven that ministers before HaShem, because he came down from Heaven, where he was with the G-d in the beginning (Yokhannan 1:1-2, 6:38, 17:5), as the Firstborn of all of Creation (Colossians 1:18, Hitgallu / Revelation 3:14).

And as R’ Yeshua says,

‘See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in Heaven their malakhim [angels] always see the face of my Father Who is in Heaven.’
— Mattityahu (Matthew) 18:10

It is not Yeshua’s face that we will see when we awake, but when we have been glorified with Yeshua, and are like the angels, we too will be able to behold the face of G-d and remain alive.

As Yeshua says,

‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see G-d.’
— Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:8

As the psalm says,

‘As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with Your likeness.’
— Tehillim (Psalms) 17:15

The face of G-d’s Shkhinah is not the face of Yeshua, which is already seen.

Immanuel is an observant Jew and servant of Rabbi Yeshua MiNatzeret (Jesus of Nazareth). The founder of Kingdom of Heaven Embassies, he is seeking ten men from all the languages of the nations to join him in preparing their nations for the Kingdom of Heaven in accordance with the teaching of R’ Yeshua, that the nations might become one in worshipping his G-d and Father in spirit and truth, and so that the blessing of Avraham might come upon them. Learn More

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