Close Encounters of the Bible Kind Part 5

Conversations

Exodus
God Speaks From The Sky
20:22  And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
            God emphasizes the importance of the act of speaking from the sky.   

Yhovah Speaks With Moses
33:9  
And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the  tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. 10  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.
            The craft that was hovering over the mountain now flies and hovers over the tabernacle. Yhovah speaks to Moses from it.

Yhovah Comes Down To Speak
11:25  
And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
            Yhovah descends in the flying craft and places the “spirit” over the elders.

Deuteronomy
 Yhovah Speaks From A Glowing Object
10:4 
And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the Lord spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the Lord gave them unto me.
            Yhovah speaks from the glowing object. 

1 Kings 
Elijah Talks to God

19:13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Job
Answers From  A Spinning Object
38:1  
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
            Yhovah speaks to Job out of a spinning, flying object. 

40:6   
Then answered the Lord unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
            Again, Yhovah speaks to Job out of a rotating, flying object.  

Mark
A Young Man In The Tomb
16:3 
And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
           The phrase “young man” is taken from neaniskos, meaning; a youth.  

Acts
An Unseen Speaker
9:7 
 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.          
            The men with Paul are baffled by the fact that they are hearing a voice but can see no speaker. 

2 Peter
Voice From The Sky
1:18 
 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
            A reference to the voice they heard at the Transfiguration.

Face to Face

Genesis 
Cain Saw the LORD
 4:13 
And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
Jacob Saw God
32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

God Appeared to Jacob 
35:7
 And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

Exodus
Moses was Close Enough to See God’s Face
3:6 
Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
Face to Face Contact
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 

Moses Almost Face to Face
33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. 21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

Yhovah’s Appearance 
33:20  And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.  21   And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22  And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:  23  And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt  see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
            Moses makes a request to see him. Yhovah explains that viewing his face would cause death and arranges Moses so that he can only see Yhovah’s back.  

Numbers 
Many Saw God
14:14 
And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.

God’s Eyes
24:4 He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: 16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

Deuteronomy
 
Moses Saw God
5:4 The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,

Yhovah
 Appeared in the Tabernacle 
31:15
 And the Lord appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.          
            God talks from the glowing object.

Moses Saw God  F
ace to Face
34:10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,

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Close Encounter Face to Face –  Part 2
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