Monday, June 22, 2015
Numbers 12:8 and Exodus 33:11
I want to expand on this subject later, but now just want to point out that the expressions "face to face" and "mouth to mouth" (how Jehovah spoke to Moses) may or may not mean the same thing. Jewish exegetes/rabbis have gone both ways on this subject, and there seems to be no conclusive way that we might decide which view is correct. However, I notice that the Hebrew term for "face" is emphaszed in Exod 33:2, 19-20 and may signify the whole person or his presence in that account. The shewbread was also known as the "bread of presence" or bread of faces (Lev 24). Paul later speaks of seeing things "face to face" in 1 Cor 13:12 in contrast to how Christians behold things in the here and now.