Face to Face
Exodus 33:11 (ESV) -- Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
There are a few people in history that have experienced the remarkable reality of seeing and experiencing more of God than others. Adam and Eve experienced God in a unique way. Enoch walked with God. And Moses had a unique walk with God.
Our passage today shows us how unique it was. Exodus 33:11 says, “Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” YHWH, the Living God, spoke with Moses face to face. He related and interacted with Moses in vocal form. In fact, God tried to relate to Israel like that and it terrified them. They begged Moses to do all the talking with God instead. So he did.
Moses spoke with God and enjoyed a closeness with Him that is only surpassed by Jesus. He spent significant time with the LORD, inquiring from Him on what to do, and listening to Him regarding the people of Israel.
As you hear that, you may think to yourself, “What does that have to do with me?” Well, a lot. First, it reminds us that God is a personal and relational God. He can be known. Second, it is an invitation for those in Christ Jesus. If you are a Christian, then your sins have been forgiven and you have access to God. One day, in Heaven, I believe we will once again enjoy face to face relationship with God, as Moses did. God will dwell on earth with mankind. But until that day, we are still invited to fellowship with God.
Our fellowship with God today is experienced as we read His Word and pray. In fact, this passage we are studying today is a way God speaks to us. When you read this text, it is the LORD reminding you that He is a personal God that you can know. Like Moses, you can relate to God. And because of Christ, you can be a friend to God. Cry out to Him today and ask Him to draw you closer to Him. Make walking with God a central theme of your life.
Reflection & Journal:
- What are some things this passage teaches us about God?
- How does this passage instruct Christians today about fellowship with God?
- What are your current habits or practices for walking with God each day?
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