11. Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterward Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua son of Nun, would remain behind in the Tent of Meeting. 15. Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place.” Exodus – 33: 11, 15 NLT
God and Moses talked face to face in the Tent of Meeting, just as friends do. Why did Moses find such favour with God? It certainly was not because he was perfect, gifted, or powerful. Rather, it was because God chose Moses, and Moses, in turn, relied wholeheartedly on God’s wisdom and direction. Friendship with God was a true privilege for Moses, out of reach for the other Hebrews. But it is not out of reach for us today. Jesus called his disciples—and, by extension, all of his followers—his friends (John 15:15). He has called you to be his friend. Will you accept his invitation to openly communicate with him? He desires this kind of relationship with you.
Again Moses entered earnestly and confidently into the role of intercessor before God for the nation whom he again referred to as “your people”. Moses clearly understood that without God’s presence they would not be a people set apart from other nations, so why travel any further? Moses’ favoured standing before the Lord comes out in the positive response to his intercession. (Life Applications Study Bible)
“What you hunger for in life you will pursue.” This statement hits home. Have you asked that question? I think after being saved how often we stumble and fall back in the world. Is our hunger to seek God diligently in everything we do?
I note a couple of things from the scripture and commentary. Just as God chose Moses, we are also chosen to follow Him. Remember God made the man with an ability to chose. How many of you know the right way, but don’t choose it. You get invited to Church, Bible study etc. and you turn your back on that opportunity to be in the presence of God.
Moses acted as interceder for the Israelites. He spoke to God on their behalf. Or God spoke to Moses and instructed him in the ways they the Israelites should conduct themselves. It is around this time that God delivered the 10 Commandments. The question is, did the Nation of Isreal listen to Moses and God? It’s just like people today they know the right way but do they make the right choice? That is why it is important as believers, in other words, disciples for Jesus we need to guide and intercede for the masses.
The other thing is Moses has to go to a special place or receive a vision from God, that was his form of communication with God. Today after crucifixion and resurrection, God released the Holy Spirit over the earth to lead and guide in our daily walk. It’s the power of that Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. That spirit lives in us. The power of that Spirit is available to us if we believe.
We don’t have to go to a special place to talk to God; we can talk to Him anytime anywhere through prayer. This forms part of the new covenant with God. The veil of the so-called Holly place was torn at the moment of Pentecost. That the time when the Holy Spirit was released over the earth. We all have access to God on a daily basis. We can talk to him any time of the day.
Moses pleaded that God does not leave their presence. He said if God does not go with them they won’t leave that place. In our case through the Holy Spirit God is with us all the time. It’s up to us to use that presence and guidance. People with all this help still make wrong choices. I cant understand it. Don’t get me wrong I still make wrong choices. I pray for right every day.
“Lord, Holy Spirit reveal yourself all the time, encourage right choice. Amen.”