noseburn and a hidden face

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noseburn and a hidden face

Deuteronomy 31:17-18 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 31:17 My nose will burn at them on that day; I will abandon them and hide my face from them so that they will become easy prey. Many troubles and afflictions will come to them. On that day they will say, ‘Haven’t these troubles come to us because our God is no longer with us? ‘
Deuteronomy 31:18 I will certainly hide my face on that day because of all the evil they have done by turning to other gods.

noseburn and a hidden face

The Lord uses two anthropomorphic figures of speech to describe his attitude toward the Israelites after they rebel. To have a long nose is to be patient, but to have a burning nose is to be furious. To show your face is to make your presence known, but to hide your face is to ignore cries for help. Neither of these figures of speech can be taken literally, because God is normally invisible to us. But both of these figures of speech explain why for hundreds of years God only spoke to his rebellious people through prophets, and he seemed to have taken a holiday and left his people on their own.

But then Jesus came, and Israel saw the face of the God. In fact, all the nations can now know God, because his exact nature is now revealed in his Son. And Jesus does not have noseburn, and he has not hidden his face to us. He invites us to come to him, and he promises never to leave us.

Thank you Lord for your forgiveness, your grace and your presence.


About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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1 Response to noseburn and a hidden face

  1. It makes me wonder if we are in a nose burn and hidden face season today…

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