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. God was pleased with their offerings and spoke to Moses face to face. Through our sacrificial lamb, Jesus Christ, we can talk to God just a man speaks with a friend.
In Numbers 7: 89 NLT God showed his pleasure with Moses and all Israel by conversing intimately with his servant. The law is very precise. Moses had to wash his garments, make sure he had not touched a dead person, and sacrifice a burnt and sin offering. 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 lots of sacrifices. 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 for all, not just a particular person, 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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Ken Barnes the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places” YWAM Publishing