Haba! You had to know I would have to go there o! We are ALL subject to The divine Essence.
God is described as bright Light (Ezekiel 126–28)26 And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it.
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The first point to note is that the Bible describes God as a spiritual Being, not a physical Being. “God is spirit” (John 4:24). Remark, He is not “a spirit”: He is purely spirit. In other words, spirit is His nature. This is chiefly why God’s people are forbidden to make any images of Him.
Although the Bible anthropomorphizes God because He sometimes ascribes human characteristics to Himself, the full glory of God cannot be described. We are told, “No one has ever seen God” (John 1:18). Even when Moses encountered God as a blazing bush, he feared looking at God (Exodus 3:2, 6). So, Moses’ intimate conversation in which God spoke “face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10) had limitations. God specifically told Moses, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” (Exodus 33:20)
However, yes, we have some of these appearances of God that are variously described in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament:
I. God’s appearance as an angelic visitor.
And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on— since you have come to your servant. So they said, Do as you have said. And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes. And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate. They said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, She is in the tent. The LORD said, I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son. And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. (Genesis 18:1–10)
Now the angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor. And the LORD said to him, But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man. (Judges 6:11, 12, 16)
And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.
And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field. But Manoah her husband was not with her. (Judges 13:3, 9)
II. God’s appearance in a pillar of cloud and pillar of fire to the Israelites in the desert with Moses.
And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. (Exodus 16:10)
And the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. (Numbers 12:5)
and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you, O LORD, are in the midst of this people. For you, O LORD, are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them and you go before them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. (Numbers 14:14)
III. God’s appearance revolved around His glory and heavenly presence dwelling within objects of His choosing: the Tabernacle.
and the LORD said to Moses, Tell Aaron your brother not to come at any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat that is on the ark, so that he may not die. For I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat. (Leviticus 16:2)
Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the LORD appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel. (Numbers 14:10)
Then Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation. And when the congregation had assembled against Moses and against Aaron, they turned toward the tent of meeting. And behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared. (Numbers 16:19, 42)
IV. God’s appearance in fiery forms and by implication confirming that “God is a consuming fire” (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29).
And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned. When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here I am. (Exodus 3:2–4)
As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. (Daniel 7:9–1)0
V. God’s appearance described in mineralogical terms.
And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking. (Ezekiel 1:26-28)
At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. (Revelation 4:2–3)
VI. God’s appearance by His Word.
And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD. (1 Samuel 3:21)
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:11–16)
In the New Testament God reveals Himself by appearing to us in human form through His Incarnate Son, Jesus Christ, the eternal Word (John 1:1, 14) who also is called Immanuel, meaning “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
Here is how this eternal truth is articulated and presented in the New Living Translation (NLT) of the Bible:
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, (Colossians 1:15, 19).
For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body, (Colossians 2:9)
But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it. The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command [His Word]. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven. (Hebrews 1:2 -3)
Obviously, Jesus reflects God’s own glory, and everything about Him represents God exactly. Since God’s glory in the first man from the earth has been corrupted by sin (Romans 3:23; 5:12), God sent the second man from heaven (1 Corinthians 15:47) so that we can have a glimpse of Himself in Jesus Christ.
Although we may not yet fully see God’s face, if we become His children through faith in Christ (John 1:12), “when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2) Moreover, if we purify our heart, try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a holy life, we will surely see God (Matthew 5:8; Hebrews 12:14).
Caucasians have ‘painted’ God as a white/Caucasian God.
ALL the nations of The world are in God’s image Black/White/Asian/Hispanic/Indian/Mulatto…
We are Male/Female – ALL races like unto The LORD our God!
Amazingly (gets deep) God is painted as a Man! Really? And are females in The Form of God? Yes, Male was Created first. Woman was made from Man. The same essence. If a kidney is taken from a female, it does just as well in a male or female recipient. Size wise a few descripancies! But XX/XY are ONLY that. Within we are ALL as God is (I am careful NOT to say Him!) Amazingly when His Essence passed by Moses, there was NO ‘gender’! Yes, in a male ‘dominated’ society, God The Creator of ALL is in our eyes, ‘He’!
Wow! Gets deep here!
Genesis 1:27 Women and Men created in God’s image
“Humankind was created as God’s reflection: in the divine image God created them; female and male, God made them.”
Hosea 11:3-4 God described as a mother
God: “Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I who took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.”
Hosea 13:8 God described as a mother bear
“Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and tear them asunder…”
Deuteronomy 32:11-12 God described as a mother eagle
“Like the eagle that stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young, God spreads wings to catch you, and carries you on pinions.”
Deuteronomy 32:18 God who gives birth
“You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.”
Isaiah 66:13 God as a comforting mother
God: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
Isaiah 49:15 God compared to a nursing mother
God: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
Isaiah 42:14 God as a woman in labor
God: “For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept myself still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will gasp and pant.”
Psalm 131:2 God as a Mother
“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.”
Psalm 123:2-3 God compared to a woman
“As the eyes of a servant looks to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to you, YHWH, until you show us your mercy!”
Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34 God as a Mother Hen
Jesus: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”
Luke 15:8-10 God as woman looking for her lost coin
Jesus: “Or what woman having ten silver coins, is she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
So, within we ARE! No gender! In ‘activity’ yes! The male and female have God given roles.
Wow! So, angels? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel
Mary a Jew, saw angel Gabriel. Joseph too. No ‘different’ race wise, so did Daniel, and a host of people in the Bible: https://www.godupdates.com/angels-appeared-to-people/
No distinction from the residents. In the account of Lot, they were unique appearing in the same appearance of the people of Sodom and Gonorrah, in the time of Abraham, the were seen walking and invited to eat bread and a prepared meal by Sarai, no DIFFERENT than the individuals in the ‘surrounding’ area but for their Unique characteristics!
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