When Moses was up on the mountain with God to receive the 10 Commandments, he was there for 40 days the first time, and 40 days the second. What did Moses do up there all that time? Well, most likely he talked with God and learned from God.
Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. But how did he know about the events found in the book of Genesis? He hadn’t even been born yet when the earth was created, or Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked the earth? Well, Moses wrote what he learned from God on that Mountain.
But when Moses was up on that mountain he didn’t get to see God’s face. All he got to see was His “exhaust” – His backside. Because anyone who saw the face of God… died. No one at any time ever got to “see” God, because to see God’s face was to die. All who saw God’s face would die.
Another way of saying that is – in order to see the face of God, you’ve got to die.
Maybe that’s why Paul wrote: “I die daily” (I Corinthians 15:31 KJV). We have to die to see God. And when we’re baptized into Jesus, we “die” to our past, and are buried in the waters of baptism, so that when we rise from that watery grave… we can see God.