Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness [Exod. 24:9-10].
"They saw the God of Israel" needs to be understood in the light of other Scriptures. Actually no one has seen God because He is a Spirit. John 1:18 tells us that, "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." What they saw was a representation of God. I sincerely doubt that we shall see God the Father throughout eternity. Jesus Christ is probably the closest view we will have of the Father. But He will be enough to satisfy our hearts. All that we know today about the Father is through the Son. I do not know how God the Father looks, or feels, or thinks, because God has told us in Isaiah 55:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." But Jesus has revealed Him to us. Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel did not see God the Father but they saw a representation of God.
J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file] electronic ed., Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, © 1981 by J. Vernon McGee
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