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The Incomprehensibility of God

He must have been petrified, don’t you think? In Exodus 33, I imagine Moses trembling behind the cleft in the rock, wondering whether he would live to tell others about this experience. No one in Israel could have imagined asking what Moses asked the Lord at this point. And should he live to tell the story, who will believe him when he tells them what he saw?

Despite these fears, Moses was about to see the back of God. But how could this be? For Moses knew, all too well, that God is incomprehensible. No one can see the essence of God and live, yet, God granted Moses a veiled glimpse of his glory as his grace shielded him from death. God mediates his presence to his people by his gracious accommodation.


For more on the doctrine of incomprehensibility, listen to the rest of the sermon by Dr. Matthew Barrett.

Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is the executive editor of Credo Magazine and the host of the Credo podcast. He is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the author of several books, including Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which won the 2022 Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in Theology/Ethics. He is writing a Systematic Theology with Baker Academic.

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