I still don't think God has a back, though.
Exodus 33:23 :"Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen."
Keble, how do you understand this verse?
Well, I don't understand it. I mean, I understand the part about not being able to see God's face: that is explained all over scripture. But I do not see how to assign meanings to the rest of the passage. I also note that, unlike most everything else in Exodus, the passage is not acted out. You would expect there to be another passage further along that runs something like, "So Moses stood on the rock as the LORD directed; and the LORD God put him in a cleft and covered him with his hand. Then the glory of the LORD passed by, and the LORD took away his hand; and Moses saw the back of the LORD; but he did not see his face.
" That is almost invariably the pattern with Exodus: the command is given in one text, and then acted out shortly thereafter. But there is no such passage in this case. Nor do I know of other passages that interpret this passage: the divine hand acts, but it does not, as best I remember, serve as a covering (or perhaps scripture would tell us of the divine facepalm
It does not bother me to not have an explanation of this, and I am wary of those who feel they must.