Problem: According to this verse, Moses and the elders “saw the God of Israel.” Yet God told Moses that he could not see God’s face (Ex. 33:20), and John states flatly that “No one has seen God at any time” (John 1:18).
Solution: God cannot be known directly in this life, nor can He be known completely. For “now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known” (1 Cor. 13:12). God can be known “by the things that are made” (Rom. 1:20), but He cannot be known in Himself. The following contrast summarizes the ways God can and cannot be known: