Matthew 5.8 cont.
Oh the delight of the pure in heart, for they will see God.
The promise of Jesus is that the pure in heart will see God.
God’s word also tells us that no one has seen God – John 1.18:
No one has ever yet seen God, the One who is in the bosom of the Father, the unique One God, He has made Him known.
God said to Moses:
“But you may not look directly at My face, for no one may see Me and live” – Exodus 33.20 (NLT).
However, in the Scriptures we find some exceptions to this?
Jacob was a man who wrestled with God and he declared:
“I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared” – Genesis 32.30 (NLT).
Hagar was the maidservant of Sarah and we know that Sarah gave her to Abraham to be his wife. After a while, because of the tension between Sarah and Hagar, Hagar left and ran away. However the angel of the Lord found her and spoke to her, and told her to go back to Sarah.
This is the response of Hagar:
Thereafter, Hagar referred to the LORD, who had spoken to her, as “the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have seen the One who sees me!” – Genesis 16.13 (NLT).
(The angle of the Lord, the Lord, and God are interchangeable in the Old Testament).
Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses, because he had a Cushite wife.
God responds and said this:
I speak to him face to face, directly and not in riddles! He sees the LORD as He is. Should you not be afraid to criticize him?” – Numbers 12.8 (NLT).
Isaiah had the most wonderful and amazing experience of God.
We read about it in Isaiah 6:
[6:1] In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of His robe filled the Temple.
 Hovering around Him were mighty seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with the remaining two they flew – Isaiah 6.1-7 (NLT).
In one way or another these people had the experience of seeing God.