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If God the Father cannot be looked upon, how is the following verse explained?


Job 42:1  Then Job answered the LORD and said:


Job 42:5  "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.


First of all we’ll see which God Job is talking to.


Psa 83:18  That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth.


Mar 5:7  And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me."


These two scriptures prove that there is only one God called Jehovah [3068 in Strong's Concordance.]


This is backed up in Mark where Jesus is identified as the Son of the Most High.


Wherever Jehovah [3068 usually translated Lord] is mentioned in the Old Testament it can only refer to God the Father; The Most High God. This subject is covered completely in our article ‘God the Father Revealed’ at our web site.


Which God spoke to Job?


Job 38:1  Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:


It was God the Father who spoke to Job. GOD SPOKE ‘OUT OF THE WHIRLWIND’


God the Father can be heard but not seen.


Exo 33:20  But He said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live."


Gen 17:1  When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.


Let me repeat; God the Father can be heard; He cannot be seen. Moses had a glimpse of the back of God. God obviously did not regard this as looking upon Him. Even the glimpse caused Moses’ face to shine brightly.


With the knowledge that God cannot be seen; we will have another look at the scripture which states that Job saw God.


Job 42:5  "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.


The word seeth [72OO in Strong's Concordance] can mean to see literally or figuratively, and is used in both senses in the book of Job.


Job 11:11  For He knows deceitful men; He sees wickedness also. Will He not then consider it?


Job 13:1  "Behold, my eye has seen all this, My ear has heard and understood it.

This verse is talking about understanding the previous verses.


Job 22:19  "The righteous see it and are glad, And the innocent laugh at them:


Job 32:5  When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused.


It is possible to see with eyes of understanding.


Eph 1:18  the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,


Job did not literally look upon God the Father. To do so would have meant that scripture was broken.


God the Father spoke to Job ‘in a whirlwind.’


Job 38:1  Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:


Throughout the bible, God appears in a cloud, in fire, in a whirlwind, in a vision, invisible or dream. Nowhere is He directly looked upon.


Job did not directly look at God, he saw God ‘with the eyes of understanding.’