Read Exodus 33
Focus on verse 11
There is something about face to face communication that makes it more meaningful than any other format. Children pick this up at a very young age. I do not recall exactly when and where I observed this, but I remember seeing a toddler sitting on her father’s lap talking to him, and when he looked away to acknowledge another person, she took his face in her tiny hands and turned it back toward herself and said “daddy, you have to look at me when I talk”.
In today’s reading the text records how Moses would meet with God at the door of the tent of meeting while the people watched and worshipped from the door of their own tents. Moses is the only man in the old testament of whom it says,
Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. (v. 11a)
There where others such as Abraham of whom it is said he was a friend of God, and there was Enoch who “walked with God”. King David is referred to as “a man after God’s own heart”.
As I reflect on this I wonder what it must have been like for Moses to speak to God face to face…but then as I think about this – in the gospels we read that at Jesus death the veil in the temple was torn to reveal the holy of holies indicating that direct access to God was once again available to all humanity. Since the tearing of the veil in the temple, we all have this privilege – we need no priest to mediate other than Christ Himself between ourselves and the throne of God. When I think about that a little – it becomes a little more than amazing! To think that I can stand in the presence of God and speak to Him face to face, as a man speaks to his friend! It becomes apparent that I may have been under appreciating the significance of this a little.