Moses sees God face to face -what does Joshua see?

picture066Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent. Exodus 33:10-12 (NIV)

God would speak to Moses face to face, as a friend. Moses was so accustomed and used to the presence of God that it didn’t blow him off his feet, he didn’t cower but stood up, looked God in the eye and shared his heart: just like a friend. Wow!

Joshua would enter the place of worship just like Moses. He would be there as God showed up. He was present when God spoke and chatted with Moses – so the question I have is why was it never said of Joshua that he spoke with God face to face as a friend? Was it trust? Was it lack of something? We do know it certainly wasn’t lack of being in the religious tent. He was there waiting longer than Moses. He knew that to see the presence of God he should follow someone who has experienced conversation with God face to face and keep close to them. Yet  he still couldn’t see.

Joshua was mighty man. He led the people. He entered the promise land. He led well. But no-where in the bible does it say that the intimacy with God that Moses had was ever Joshua’s experienced. We will never know what was in Joshua’s heart. There is no telling what went on in the secret place between Joshua and God.

We can be in the same place where some experience the presence of God heavily and not feel a thing. We could be next to someone who is having a vision of the heavenlies and yet not see a thing. We could be standing next to someone being bathed in the love of God and still  be lonely. It isn’t where or how we wait that brings intimacy – the key is our response to God during our secret interactions.

What conversations you have in your heart with God that builds trust and friendship so God loves spending time with you?

We can be like the place of Bethany. The town where Jesus was drawn to. The place where he loved to spend time with his friends. The place where Jesus face was commonplace. Bethany was a place of intimacy but it cost (see picture above). It meant brokenness, repentance, humility, sacrifice, adoration, passion………

Today: Soften your heart toward God and positioning yourself to see God’s face to face

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4 thoughts on “Moses sees God face to face -what does Joshua see?

  1. When Joshua does meet God after Moses has died God’s declaration to Joshua is to Be Courageous. I love Brene Browns definition of courage as telling my whole story with my whole heart. Perhaps there was something in Joshua’s heart that told him he was less than, and he had to push through into the truth of God’s declaration, keeping vulnerable and acknowledging his broken spots to experience real and authentic intimacy with God, not just as all powerful or lord but as friend and loving father. Thanks for all of this.

  2. I’m sure you are right in saying it is our response to God, not just our experience of God that is important. Earlier in the chapter God had said he was not going with them, till they mourned and it was as if God saw a change in their heart attitude as well as Moses speaking to God. I would be happy to be in Gods prescence 24/7 but does it seams like this passage also about knowing the favour of God and pleasing God?

    • Thanks Gill, your response has really made me think and question what I think God’s presence is. Do we live in God’s presence 24/7 or do we consciously enter his presence now and again?

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