Does God wear white clothes?

Hi guys, how's it going?  I hope you're enjoying life, even with all the uncertainty in the news and with restrictions and masks etc.  More than that, I hope you're able to remember that God is with you!  And that you're continuing to journey with him and get to know him more and more each day through Jesus.  Hopefully this 'Ask God Anything' series is helping a little bit with that!

This week's question is: Does God wear white clothes?

What do you imagine when you hear the word "God"?  Sometimes people think he's like this old man with a big white beard, wearing white clothes, sitting on a cloud or something like that.

Some people think he's frowning and waiting to throw lightning bolts at us if we do bad things.

Others think he's more like Santa Claus, just happy all the time and wanting to give us toys.

But none of these come close to describing God the way the Bible describes him.

The Bible says LOTS to us about what God is really like.  He's loving, powerful, knows everything.  He's kind, generous, caring, patient, forgiving.  He feels all sorts of emotions: happiness and excitement but also anger and sadness.

And sometimes the Bible describes God in physical ways too.  In some places it talks about his hand, his back or his face.  Like this bit where Moses is brave enough to ask to see God's glory...

Exodus 33:18-23

Then Moses said, ‘Now show me your glory.’

19 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. 20 But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.’

21 Then the Lord said, ‘There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 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. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.’

Did Moses really see God's back?  I don't think this is literally what happened.  The Bible says 'God is spirit' and doesn't have a physical body.  So he doesn't have a back, hands or a face like we do.  So no white clothes and no beard!  But when the Bible uses these words it's to help us understand a little bit of how God was showing himself to Moses.  I'm not sure what it actually looked like.  I'm not even sure if it LOOKED like anything!  Maybe Moses wasn't seeing God's glory with his physical eyes at all but with his mind's eye and in his heart.  We don't know what it was like but I bet it was awesome!  And I think that's the point.

The Bible also says here and elsewhere 'no-one can see God and live' because the idea is that God is too powerful and too good - too holy for us to really hang out with.  But throughout the Bible God is always finding and making ways for imperfect people to be with him and to be friends with him.  Like when he kindly and graciously showed himself to Moses that time.

And ultimately God DOES turn up as JESUS with a human body like ours to be seen, heard and hugged!  Jesus said, "If you've seen me you've seen God" (John 14:9).  He came to show us God and to make a way for us to be friends with God...

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

And later on in Revelation chapter 19:11-21 (in the last book of the Bible), Jesus is pictured as this amazing and awesome Warrior King with a cool tattoo on his leg, riding a horse, and wearing white robes dipped in blood, and he comes to destroy his enemies - to end all evil for ever!  Again, I don't think it's meant to be taken literally but it's a really cool and epic picture of Jesus winning the final victory and ending everything evil in the world, which I believe WILL literally happen one day.

So the short answer is no - God doesn't wear white clothes.  But look out for all the brilliant descriptions of God in the Bible.  Each of them really help us to understand who he is, what he's like, what he's done, what he's doing and what he will do in the future too.

Here's one more to finish with to encourage you...

Deuteronomy 33:27

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

As we face uncertainty, if we turn to and trust in Jesus, we can know God's everlasting arms are wrapped around us to protect us and get us through it all, no matter how difficult the challenges may be.

Go well!  And hopefully see you soon!

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