THE FACE OF GOD

               Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see 
          me, and live.
               21 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a 
          rock:
               22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift   
          of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:
               23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face 
          shall not be seen.

First of all, why does the omnipotent God say that no man shall see His face and live, as if this is a basic law of physics that He cannot change? Is this the all-powerful God who parted the Red Sea, who caused the sun to stand still in the sky? Why is He unable to make an exception to the law about seeing his face? A suspiciously lame excuse.

This passage implies that the covenant with God, upon which the Chosen People congratulate themselves, is actually demeaning. The people pledges its devout worship; the divinity, in return, merely shows His back parts.