Many times I have searched The Word for a relationship like that between Moses and God… Names came up… The Lord guided and nurtured many…Hallelujah!
But, a ‘friend’? We read that Moses did as we tend to be! And he was chastised for it….
The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Exodus 33:11
God’s Servant or His Friend?
Would you prefer to be known by God as His servant or His friend? I state this question for your heartfelt desire and wants; are you working toward either?
Abraham was called God’s friend (2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23). Moses was also referred to as His friend as we read above. Near the end of the book of Deuteronomy, it is written that “no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom The Lord knew face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10).
Moses and Abraham – the two most acclaimed servants of The Lord in the Old Testament – were called God’s friends. God imputed righteousness to Abraham when Abraham believed the promise that his seed would be as the stars of the Heavens (Gen.15:6). Later on God swore an oath to Abraham when he became willing to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22:16). Such faithfulness led to Abraham being called God’s friend, although there is no indication that Abraham knew this. There is nothing in the book of Genesis that shows God called Abraham His friend. This was said of Abraham later – long after he died.
Jesus said to the Eleven disciples (after Judas Iscariot left them, as in John 13:30), “You are my friends, if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I have learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:14-15).
“Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold it with thine eyes: for thou shalt not go over this Jordan. But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.”
The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. BUT, who he was came to bear heavily on where and what he was ‘Permitted’ to.
Yes! Moses saw it from a distance alive but he experienced it in Spirit: “Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.” Matthew 17:3
We summarize: Moses was disallowed to enter the land of promise due to his disobedience to God in striking instead of speaking to a rock out of which God brought life-giving water. But God let him see the whole land from the top of Mount Pisgah by the Jordan River. Then Moses was to help Joshua who would carry on in his place and lead Israel into the land, while he himself would pass away and go to his Heavenly home.
Let us remember, Lord, the importance of encouraging and strengthening the next generation that will someday fill our shoes. Let us see the great importance of Christian education, instruction of children at Church and at home, and of training new leaders for Your ministry Father. Give us a focus beyond our own self-improvement, that reaches to influencing others to do great things for Your name, we pray in The name of Jesus, Amen.