Moses And God. Face To Face?

Q. Could you explain to me how the Bible doesn’t contradict itself when certain scripture says that Moses spoke to God face to face and then Jesus says that no man has ever seen God. Thank you.

A. Of the encounter between Moses and God, the Bible says this.

And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”   Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock.  When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.  Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen. (Exodus 33:19-23)

From this we know that when it says Moses spoke to God face to face, it’s not to be taken literally, but figuratively, meaning they spoke directly to each other, not through a 3rd party.

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