How was Abraham able to see God and not die (Genesis 18:1-8) since Exodus 10:28 states that no one can see God and live?

Why did God allow Moses and Abraham to see God while Exodus 10:28 states that no one can see God and live?

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I interpret God's statement to mean that no human could see Him in His full glory and live.

Commentaries that I have read indicate that Abraham's conversations with God were with a theophany of the pre-incarnate Christ, who could be seen without harm, in the same way that He could during His earthly incarnation. (A theophany is a manifestation of God in a manner that can be perceived by human senses.)

Also, in response to Moses' later request to God to see His glory, God covered Moses with His hand while He was passing by him, so that Moses would see only His back (Exodus 33:18-23).

July 04 2022 1 response Vote Up Share Report

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