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Can you see the Lord's face and live?

Exodus 33:11 - And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
Exodus 33:20 - And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Verse 11 says that the Lord spake to Moses face to face. Verse 20 says that no man can see the Lords face and live.


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I don't know this is the answer, but it sounds good. Moses may have seen the reflection of the Lord's face.

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I dont know where in the first verse it says he saw Gods face, just that he spoke with him face to face. God may have been cloaked therefore having his face covered. When God usually spoke to prophets they just heard his voice and were not in his physical presence. Where as Moses and Abraham were, but God has his face covered.

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Moses was was probably talking face to face with God the Son Jesus Christ because in John 10:30 Jesus says "I and my Father are one" and John 14:9 " he that hath seen me hath seen the Father"

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Moses had a special relationship with God that no other prophet had, he actually spoke with God face to face, or did he? Since no man can see God’s face and live, how is it possible that Moses spoke face to face with God as a friend like Exodus claims? The Lord clarifies what “face to face” meant in Numbers 12:6-8

"And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"

Moses did not see God’s actual face, he saw the similitude (image) of God’s face. Moses just saw God passing by in Exodus 34:30 and it made his skin shine; to see the face of God must be so overwhelmingly majestic that the human body can’t handle it.

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