Genesis 32:30 KJV
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
Jacob’s spiritual experience ,wrestling with the Divine Emissary , of God remarks that he a mere mortal had a combatant moment yet he was yet alive.
Comparing this encounter with the request of Moses
Exodus 33:11,18-23 KJV
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 not out of the tabernacle.
And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
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.
And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 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:
And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
In both situations the dynamics displayed was of concealment and revelation.
The Face of God reveals and conceals at the same time .
God conceals himself to communicate within the frame work of human limitation , when he is revealing the Glory , humans must be concealed ,or they cannot live.
The Glory of God is the out ward manifestation of the Spirit of God ,the power and awesome majesty of God.
The Spirit ofGod transforms into Words is the basis of creation ‘And God said’ begins the change from no -thing into something having dimensions, of air, up and down ,light,solid and liquid ,time and space ,and undifferentiated state like darkness.
The Exodus rescue is an example of God revealing and concealing
Exodus 14:19-20 KJV
And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these : so that the one came not near the other all the night.
The Divine principle of salvation is pictured for the rescued dwelling in light ( of glory and goodness) and those seeking to do harm hindered by the blindness of the mind , without light or vision.
Even today we marvel at the revelations of God and how God conceals the workings of his Kingdom government from the beginning.
The explanation is so appropriate.
Deuteronomy 29:29 KJV
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
We are given what we can use to live in communion with God for the time in which we live.
Scripture pointed to a time of the ‘Glory of God, to be presented in a form that all flesh can see it together . How could that be ,if God hid Moses from the display of glory ,what was God doing to change that so humanity may see His glory ?
Isaiah 40:5,30-31 KJV
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
This expectation of revealed glory to come was declared also by Isaiah. Conceals in the prophetic Word of God is the promise of a new creation by God ,God making right what went wrong in the world of Adam. A Messianic promise of a Savior for humanity.
Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Not only was he to be Savior but Kingdom ruler like no other earthly ruler ,one to usher in peace and security.
When did this Revelation take place ,you may ask..
Luke 4:16-21 KJV
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Jesus to the amazement of the people ,took the prophetic word and owned it ,all eyes ,fastened on him as they ere privy by Holy Spirit to connect the prophecy to the Messiah. The Glory of God ,in human form in the Temple of God . Yes all flesh saw it together.
The Glory of God was again manifested at the resurrection and the preceding
contestation before Pilate on ‘what is Truth ,a contest between the Spiritual and carnal. The glorified body at the resurrection settled the question of
new creation.What kind of body was Jesus ,the Apostle declares!
1 Corinthians 15:44-46 KJV
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
So now we hold on to the hope that a new creation of God will reform the how humans live ,we pray let your kingdom come .The concealed Revelation is revealed in the writing of John.
Revelation 21:1-4 KJV
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
The mind cannot grasp the Glory yet to be revealed, we praise God for the things yet to come.
Just keep praising a God of Mercy ,Justice and Truth.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10 KJV
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.