Prosopagnosia

Prosopagnosia

Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. – Exodus 33:11  

Deuteronomy 34:10 Since that time no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,

Isaiah 43:1-7

 1 Thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!

 2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.

 3 “For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior . . .

 4 “Since you are precious in My sight, you are honored, and I love you . . .

Prosopagnosia, also called face blindness, is more than just “being bad with faces.” It is the inability to recognize familiar faces, including one’s own face (self-recognition), and learning to recognize new ones. It is a neurological disorder characterized by the inability to distinguish faces. It may affect up to 2.5% of the population. There are two types of prosopagnosia: acquired (often resulting from brain damage) and congenital.

The term prosopagnosia was first used in 1947 by Joachim Bodamer, a neurologist. The word is derived from Greek prosopon, face and agnosia, non-knowledge. In 1996, Bill Choisser popularized the term “face blindness” for this condition.

No therapy has provided lasting real-world improvements.

Facial recognition software began to be developed in the 1960s. However, the Father created facial recognition firmware as a part of the human brain. For most of us it works just fine. How awful would it be not to be able to remember and recognize the faces of those you love and care about, your family and close friends. It would be equally tragic, not to remember and recognize those who love you. For those with face blindness, it is like living in a perpetual, horrid facial Groundhog Day without end.

Can the Father ever forget us? Never! What He said of Israel, is true for each of His children.

Isaiah 43:1 Thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!

Isaiah 49:15-16 

 15 Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!

 16 See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. 


REFLECT & PRAY
 

Only Moses was face-to-face and mouth-to-mouth with the Father.

Father, I long to experience as much intimacy and open communication with You as You will allow.INSIGHT

The Father is transcendent, great, high, exalted, and lifted Up. Yet the Father chose to make a creature with whom He could have close, real spiritual intimacy.

In the history of the human race, there has been only one person who had a face-to-face relationship with the Father, Moses.

Exodus 33:11 The LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.

Moses was exceptional. He was a specially chosen mediator with whom the transcendent God would speak. Moses was selected to hear and receive the Law of God, which became the Torah, the Five Books of Moses. The means of communication was extraordinary.

Numbers 12:8 I speak to him mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles!

What does this mean? “God communicated with Moses ‘mouth to mouth.’ This figurative language is intended to convey the preeminence and uniqueness of Moses as a prophetic figure who experiences a special mode of revelation. The experience is personal and direct, not mediated through visions or dreams, and the message is always plain and straightforward, free of cryptic utterances” (Sarna).

Carefully considering of what it means to be in a face-to-face relationship with the Father, and mouth-to-mouth communication, is a journey from the obvious to the sublime.

The Father created man to be in relationship with Him.  Each of the Father’s children. Know Him, and the Father knows them. But the degree of knowing varies greatly. It progresses from simple recognition to deep intimacy. Face-to-face knowledge connotes recognition and proximity. But mouth-to-mouth implies direct revelation. Moses was fully aware and conscious. There were no visions nor dreams. The message was clear and direct.

Can you imagine what this was like? With a bit of imagination, I can. I can see the Father querying Moses, “Question, have you ever wondered how the world began, where the stars came from, and how man and all the animals came to be?” The Father went on, “Let me tell you how I did it.” And Genesis chapters 1, 2 and 3 passed from the mind of God to the mind of Moses. Moses went on to write it down.

Remember only the Father was there at creation, He spoke, and it was so. Lots of people speculate, postulate, even pontificate regarding how everything began. But they can only guess. That’s right, guess! One theory is replaced another down through the decades. Only the Father actually knows. Modern man extrapolates using very limited scientific knowledge. The Father created both science and human thought.

In the ancient world, Kings and nobles had many servants but only a few trusted ones (Eliezer, Joseph, Nehemiah, Daniel). In a royal house only the most trusted servant would have regular access to the monarch. They were referred to as, “the king’s personal advisers,” literally “those who see the face of the king” (2 Kings 25:19). Moses was in that position with the Father. He was a trusted friend and servant of the living God. He had frequent, if not regular access to Him. Oxymoronically speaking, run-of-the-mill Old Testament prophets, received their revelations through visions and dreams, angelic messengers, and occasional visitations from the Father. The Father’s communication with Moses considerably beyond that.

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