It was quite by accident I found Exodus 24:9 – 11. I was looking up another verse and transposed the numbers. Though I had read through Exodus many times for some reason these verses never made an impact.
Until this day and every day since. Read with me in the NLT version:
“Then, Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence!”
I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to gaze upon God, to see what they saw and to dine in his presence. Any way you look at this it is just so completely cool. Even now I am attempting to picture what this must have looked like. My heart is pounding just thinking about it.
There were only a few men who were able to see God and not die. Isaiah and Ezekiel also describe their encounters seeing God. Only a chosen few were given the opportunity to gaze and live to tell about it. I’m not going to get into the theology of it all. I’ll save that for another time and venue.
So why am I bringing up the subject? Colossians 1:15a NLT “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.”
It happened yet again, my heart thudding in my chest. Words I’d read hundreds of times jump off the page at me. I was here because, in my quiet time I asked God where he wanted me to spend time in the Word. Colossians was the answer. As I read the words I remember John 14:9 when Jesus said to Philip, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”
The word invisible is made up of two Greek words Alpha the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, here is used as negative. Horatos is the other part of the word which means gazed at, capable of being seen, visible. Put the two words together and you get Aorathos which is incapable of being seen. Invisible.
Are your socks knocked off yet? Mine are. My heart, mind and soul are swirling with the impact of all this. I feel like Paul when God was revealing mysteries to him in Ephesians 3:14 – 19 NLT, he said,
“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the creator of everything in heaven and on the earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you (me) with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your (my) heart as you (I) trust in him. Your (my) roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you (me) strong. And may you (I) have the power to understand as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you (I) experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you (I) will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
The ‘all this’ is Christ in you. Me.
I am deviating from what you normally read on my blog. There is a purpose and the purpose is how much God the Father wants you to know him and see his heart. He sent Jesus to this earth for us. You. Me. So we can know God like Jesus knows Him.
In the Old Testament only a chosen few were able to gaze upon God and survive. Jesus is one with the Father and he wants to live IN you. At sixteen I invited Jesus into my life with no real concept of what that meant beyond going to heaven one day. Now 44 years later I am beginning to grasp what it means. At sixteen, the old Karen died. I became a new person only I didn’t realize it and lived most of my life as though the old Karen was still alive. Imagine the stench.
Out of my deadness I made choices which landed me in an abusive marriage and lived my life as a victim instead of living as more than a conqueror.
You are dead. Hear me. You are dead. “This means that anyone (yes that’s you) who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is GONE; a new life has begun” II Corinthians 5:17 NLT. Jesus lives in you and because of that you can dine in the presence of God. Anytime. All the time.
So live like it. Stop letting your old, nasty dead carcass of a life make your decisions. You, my beauty are a daughter of the Most High who wants you to gaze upon Him and not just live as a survivor but to overcome and live as more than a conqueror.
Father open the hearts of those who need this message, let it explode in their hearts.