Week 6: The Tent of Meeting
Exodus 33:11 “Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterwards, 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.” (NLT)
The personal relationship Moses had with God was a beautiful example to the entire nation of Israel, as we see in Exodus 33: 9-10 “As he (Moses) went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and hover at its entrance while the Lord spoke with Moses. When the people saw the cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, they would stand and bow down in front of their own tents.”
It was also a special example to his assistant Joshua, when Moses drew close to God it also drew Joshua close to God, so much so that Joshua remained behind in the tent of meeting. Joshua stayed in the tent because of his love of God’s presence, that was modelled to him by Moses’s example.
This was a significant time for Joshua, as the Lord was preparing Him to lead the nation of Israel from the wilderness into the ‘Promised Land’. Joshua just needed to continue to allow God’s heartbeat to saturate his very being, till his heart throbbed in perfect harmony with God’s heart, desires, and plans.
The tent of meeting (God’s presence/spending time with Him) is the place where God moulds us into the image of His Son. It is in HIS presence that we are changed and prepared for what is to come, and for the plans, our Father has for us. It is where He speaks deeply into our hearts, where we learn to be dependent on Him and it is the intimate place, where we get the opportunity to learn more about our Beloved.
Today, close the door, go into your ‘tent of meeting’, find that sacred place with your Beloved, and meet with God, face to face, as you do with friends, family members, and mentors.
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