I wonder if it was frustrating to Israel that God refused to be named, much less contained in a graven image.
I understand the frustration, but then how can you see him as a person if he is everything?
It makes sense that God would resist being limited.
And yet, he capitulated.
He appeared as a person. Flesh and blood. Not as a mighty King entering the city on a prancing steed. Not as a child born in a palace to be pampered and educated by artisans. Not even in an ordinary citizen in a prosperous free nation.
Essentially, God said, “Do you really want to know what I look like? Then look there--not in a palace or a fine house, but at the poorest baby in the land, who was born in scandal to the poorest of parents.
“That’s who I am,” God says. “My presence, my power, my very essence is right there in that child. You can call him Immanuel, which means “God with us.” His name is Jesus, which is my statement to the world—it means ’The Lord saves.’”
“You can’t contain me,” God says, “But you can see me when you look at the Child.”
“The Son is the image of the invisible God. (Colossians 1:15)