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Mistaken Perceptions 1 – Yahweh Is Too Holy To Interact Or Intervene

November 20, 2014

Today we examine the mistaken perception that Yahweh is so holy that he cannot be anywhere that sin or evil exists – that he cannot confront sin or evil in person. Is Yahweh afraid of sin?  Is he unable to enter into a sinful or evil place?  Absolutely not! Yahweh is always present.  He can’t have sin in his home, but he always comes to our home!

Adam and Eve
Genesis 3:8  – “And they heard the voice of Yahsweh walking in the garden in the cool of the day . . .”
Adam and Eve sinned, and in so doing made the entire universe unholy. But did Yahweh just disappear into his holy sanctuary and leave them to fend for themselves?  Absolutely not!  In fact, he confronted the sin and provided a covering for both Adam and Eve, and then pronounced the blessing of a coming messiah, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach.

Moses
Numbers 20:12 – “Yahweh spoke to Moses. . .”
Numbers 20:23 – “Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron at Mount Hor. . .”
Deuteronomy 34:6 – “Yahweh buried Moses in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth-peor . . .”
Moses objected to being Yahweh’s spokesperson to Pharaoh at the burning bush. But did Yahweh just give up and leave.  Absolutely not!  In fact, he confronted Moses’ sin and sent Aaron to help him.  Throughout the next forty years Yahweh appeared to Moses, speaking to him face to face, and even buried him at his death despite the sins that Moses committed along the way.

The Hebrew People
Exodus 24:16 – “And the glory of the LORD settled upon mount Sinai . . .”
Leviticus 9:23; Numbers 16:42, 20:6 – “And the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people . . .”
Time and time again the Hebrew people sinned against Yahweh. But did Yahweh just disappear into his holy sanctuary and leave the Hebrews to fend for themselves?  Absolutely not!  In fact, he confronted the sin time and time again.

All The People
Genesis 3:15 – “The seed of the woman shall crush the head of the seed of Satan..”
Romans 3:10 – “There is none righteous, not even one . . .”
Time and time again every person born has sinned against Yahweh. But did Yahweh just disappear into his holy sanctuary and leave humanity to fend for themselves?  Absolutely not!  In fact, he promised a savior immediately after the first human sinned.  And that savior, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, entered into the world, took on a human body, and lived amongst us (John 1:14).

True Perceptions
John 1:14 – “The Word became human and pitched his tent amongst us . . .”
Yahweh is:
Yahweh Rapha – The Lord That Heals [יְהֹוָה רָפָא H3068 H7495] Exodus 15:26
Yahweh Qadash – The Lord Who Sanctifies [יְהֹוָה קָדַשׁ H3068 H6942] Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 37:28
Yahweh Rapha – The Lord Who Will See To It [יְהֹוָה רָאָה H3068 H7200] Genesis 22:8, Genesis 22:14
Yahweh Tsaba – The Lord of Hosts [יְהֹוָה צָבָא H3068 H6635] 1 Samuel 1:3
Yahweh Nissi – The Lord Our Banner [יְהֹוָה נֵס H3068 H5251] Exodus 17:15
Elohim Qarowb – The Lord Who Is Near [אֱלֹהִים קָרוֹב H430 H7138] Jeremiah 23:23

The notion that Yahweh is unable to confront sin or evil in person is completely bogus.  Absolutely not!  Not only did Yahweh personally appear dozens of times before Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Aaron, and others, he also  sends his angels to minister to humans in need, and he shows up in the person of Yeshua!  Yahweh is not off in some far off land, he is the One who is near.  He is the One who heals, sanctifies, provides, commands the armies, and covers us.  He is the One who shows up in person to confront sin and remove it as far as the east is from the west.

Conclusions
Ezekiel 37:28 – “And the nations will know that I am Yahweh who when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”

Yahweh’s home, the eternal heaven, is free from all sin and evil. Every true Christian also desires to rid their home of all sin and evil.  Even though sin and evil currently exist, this does not prevent Yahweh from confronting it in person and removing it from his presence.  All sin and evil will one day be banished forever when Yahweh is once again in our midst.

Mistaken Perceptions Series
January 15, 2015 – Mistaken Perceptions 2
November 19, 2015 – Mistaken Perceptions 3
November 17, 2016 – Mistaken Perceptions 4

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3 Comments
  1. Hello Don,
    Reconciling these two seemingly contradictory statements is actually relatively easy! One has to do with Yahweh’s true nature and the other is an idiom.

    Being in Yahweh’s literal presence would be similar to looking directly at a nuclear explosion without suitable protection. We look at the sun the same way: we cannot look at it directly, only through darkened glasses or as a reflection off another object like the moon. Exodus 33:20 states it this way: “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” So, when Moses asked to see Yahweh’s full glory, Yahweh only allowed Moses to see as much of his glory as possible. Only when we have received our immortal bodies will we (and Moses) be able to see Yahweh as he is.

    “Face to face” is yet another of those pesky Hebrew idioms that will trip up the English reader every time! “Face to face” is essentially equivalent to “talking with four eyes”! In other words, Moses and Yahweh conversed in an intimate, personal manner. Today we do this frequently by simply texting each other, calling each other on the phone, or emailing, none of which require that we are actually looking directly at each other. When Yahweh met Moses on Mount Sinai, face to face, we must remember that Yahweh was covered in darkness and a cloud.

    God Bless,
    Prof J

    PS, if you do a search on the term “Hebrew Idioms” you can read about a few more that English readers have trouble with!

  2. Dave Aldrich permalink

    Thanks, Jeff. Well said. I shared this on my FB page.

  3. Don Mercer permalink

    Nice article and I agree. Can you reconcile God’s appearance face-to-face with Moses while recalling that Moses was not allowed to see God at one point, but hid in the cleft of the rock? What happened, what was different and do you have an opinion on why?

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