Moses, Adam, Eve, the 70, Abrham, Joseph,…. all saw God… so what was John saying?
I think John was saying we never really saw God to the point of understanding Him (really saw His heart) until we saw Jesus.
I’m working on a list of scripture verses that indicate that God’s not looking for sacrifice or offering as much as He wants relationship, love, and obedience… Here’s my list so far… would you have some verses to add? Psalm 40:6; Hebrews 10:4; Matthew 9:13; Matthew 12:7; Psalm 51:16; Hosea 6:6; 1 Corinthians 13:3; Jeremiah 7:22-23; 1 Samuel 15:22; Jeremiah 19:5; Isaiah 1:11.
6 Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired ; My ears You have opened ; Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required.
4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
13 “But go and learn what this means : ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
7 “But if you had known what this means, ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.
16 For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.
6 For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
1 Corinthians 13:3
3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
22 “For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 “But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people ; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’
1 Samuel 15:22
22 Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
5 and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing which I never commanded or spoke of, nor did it ever enter My mind ;
11 “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?” Says the LORD. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle ; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats.