01/10/21 – Becoming and Being the Friend of God and Beholding the Face of God

Exodus 33:7-11 ESV

7 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. 8 Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. 10 And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. 11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

I. Before the Feet of God
A. Moses kneels before God for Israel and they stand out of respect for Him and in anticipation of an answer.
B. Israel joins Moses in prayer because there is power in prayer & in numbers in prayer as well. (Matthew 18:19-20)

II. Becoming & Being the Friend of God
A. Moses and God converse because closeness is always calculated by conversation.
B. God is lovely, not lonely and desires to share His loveliness with us, for our joy in having Him as our friend.
C. Jesus died for His friends so they could be His friends & friends with God once again. (John 15:13-16)

III. Beholding the Face of God
A. Jesus makes it so that we can see the face of God forever. (1 Corinthians 13:10-12, 2 Corinthians 3:16-18, 4:3-6)
B. God wants to be so close to us that we can see Him. (2 John 1:12)

Next Step:
1. Unplug from your phone and plug into people.
2. God wants to be closer to you so draw near to Him and He will draw near to you (James 4:5-8)