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Knowing and Serving God

August 3

SPECIAL REVELATION

I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
Exodus 33:23

We ask, Is there any hope for us? And the answer is to be found in the second type of revelation of which the Bible speaks, and that is what we call special revelation. And the special revelation that we find in the Bible has a very distinct and definite object, which is to reveal to us the character of God, the nature of God, and especially the character and nature of God as they are revealed in His saving grace.

Now the Bible makes a unique claim at this point: It claims that it and it alone gives us this special knowledge of God. The Bible claims for itself that it is the record of God"s special revelation of Himself and of all His gracious and saving purposes with respect to men and women. The great message of this book from beginning to end is God revealing Himself. It is not the great religious quest of mankind. No; it is the great eternal God drawing back the veil and giving an insight into and a knowledge of Himself and of His great and gracious purposes. That is the subject matter of the Bible.

God has been pleased to reveal Himself through what are called theophanies--manifestations of God, the various appearances of God. This happened to Moses: "And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft 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" (Exodus 33:22-23). God said in effect, "You cannot see Me face to face, for no man can see Me in that sense and live. Nevertheless, I will reveal My glory to you." Moses saw the glory of God; he saw the back parts of God passing by.

A Thought to Ponder
The Bible claims for itself that it is the record of God"s special revelation of Himself.

From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 15-16.




Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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