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The ‘Face’ of God

“The face of the earth will shake at My presence …” (Ezekiel 38:20).

This past Shabbat we had a Bible study with several people on the ‘face’ of Elohim and meeting Him ‘face to face.’ Moshe spoke ‘face to face’ with yod hey vav hey like no other man before him. His face glowed with the glory of having stood in the Divine Presence. Scripture says there has never been another prophet like Moshe who spoke with Adonai ‘face to face.’

For other people like the patriarch Jacob, the judge Gideon, and the praying woman Hannah, the divine presence came to them as a pre-flesh Yeshua, the ‘angel of Elohim.’ Each time the spiritual realm entered the physical, there was fear. This fear was not an immediate ‘reverent fear,’ but a real terror of what was happening in their presence. Once they understood Adonai came to them for some purpose, their fear changed to awe. We discussed how ‘fearful’ it must be when the spiritual realm enters the physical, especially the divine spiritual. At the conclusion of the study, my younger son suggested we should study ‘why the Creator of the Universe desires to be in our presence.’

Later in the evening, I asked this question of my older son and his wife. I told them to respond with the first thing that came to their minds. My daughter-in-law said that God is our Creator and He created us to be in His presence. Good answer.

My son is a lot like me. He likes to discourse. He started by talking about ‘other gods’ and how they like to manipulate humanity. They like to ‘play’ with humans or force them to sacrifice their children to appease their anger or fill their appetite for proving their power. He continued by saying that God didn’t create humanity to be His servants as He already has servants in the angels. They do his will without question. He created humanity differently. He wanted men and women to have a choice to serve him out of love because He wanted relationship. He concluded with, “He wants a FRIEND!”

At the moment my son said, “He wants a FRIEND!” there was a huge thud in our house. At first I thought someone dropped something very large upstairs, but then there was another thud and the house started shaking. Earthquake! For about 6-8 seconds everything shook and rattled in our little suite: mirrors, doors, and the objects on the dresser. My son and daughter-in-law were on Facetime so they were watching everything shaking and us looking around and saying, “This is an earthquake!”

When the shaking and rattling stopped, I looked at my son and said, “Apparently, God wanted us to know He wants a friend! And He made Himself known with an earthquake!” Amen.

According to my earthquake app, at the exact moment my son finished his statement, the small town of Cooper Landing where I live in Alaska had a 3.5 earthquake. We were about 7 miles from the epicenter and it was only 12 miles deep which is shallow or just the ‘face of the earth.’

The Hebrew word for ‘shake’ is רעש ra’ash’ and means to ‘quake or tremble.’ That is pretty straight forward. An earth’quake’ trembles the earth. The Hebrew word for ‘presence’ in this verse is פנים or panim, the very word for ‘face’ we had discussed in our study. When used in reference to God, it means to see Him, know Him, and hear from Him.

We did.

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