As One Speaks With A Friend
Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. (Exodus 33:11a NLT)
Moses and his people had to get it right before he could go into the Tent of Meeting. In Numbers 7:89 NLT, God showed his pleasure with Moses and all Israel by conversing intimately, face to face with his servant. Today, through our sacrificial lamb Jesus Christ, we too can talk to God, just as one speaks with a friend.
The law is very precise. Moses had to wash his garments, make sure he had not touched a dead person, and sacrifice burnt and sin offerings. In addition, the people had to bring all types of free-will offerings. In the Old Testament, the privilege of meeting with God came for a select person and only after tremendous preparation.
In the fullness of time, God sent his Son so we would not have to live under the requirements of the law (Romans 6:14 NLT). Now all New Testament believers, though we do not always get it right, can freely approach the throne of grace. All who call upon the name of the Lord in faith can bask in his marvelous presence.
This privilege we have is free to us but costly for God.
It cost our Father the life of his only Son. Just because something is free, does not mean it is not valuable. If you and I understood the expenditure of God’s grace in purchasing our freedom, maybe we would spend more time talking with him, just as one speaks with a friend.
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