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Now the man Moses was a quietly humble man, more so than anyone living on Earth. God broke in suddenly on Moses and Aaron and Miriam saying, “Come out, you three, to the Tent of Meeting.” The three went out. God descended in a Pillar of Cloud and stood at the entrance to the Tent. He called Aaron and Miriam to him. When they stepped out, he said, Listen carefully to what I’m telling you. If there is a prophet of God among you, I make myself known to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams. But I don’t do it that way with my servant Moses; he has the run of my entire house; I speak to him intimately, in person, in plain talk without riddles: He ponders the very form of God. So why did you show no reverence or respect in speaking against my servant, against Moses?

Numbers 12:3-8 MSG

Today, as our theme of ‘intimacy’ with Jesus grows and expands these verses from the story of Moses and his siblings popped up in my search. Apparently Aaron and Miriam were moaning and complaining over the choices Moses, as their leader, was making. Not a good idea! God called the three of them to meet Him and explained Moses position as the appointed head of the operation.

“Listen carefully to what I’m telling you,” God said.

Then God went on to say, “Moses is my servant. Moses has the freedom to come to me at any time, with any question or problem. He has the run of my entire house. And then God told the siblings, “I speak to him INTIMATELY. I speak to him in plain talk, without riddles.”

That’s the goal! An intimate relationship with God – the Father, Jesus – the Son and His Holy Spirit, the comforter, counselor and friend.

Probably one of the first things we need to grasp as we study today’s verses is that Moses was a quietly humble man. Let me show you what I believe this means to God.

And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out upon you, and your foot did not swell, these forty years.  Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

Deuteronomy 8:2-10 Revised Standard Version

I believe the amazing grace of Jesus, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit depends, first and foremost, on our revelation that man does not live by bread alone, but by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. I don’t think God is impressed at all with our religious humility. In fact, I think all of heaven is frustrated with, and more than a little disgusted by, our holier than thou religious pretenses.

Let us then, like Moses, ponder the very form of God, present our questions and problems to Him boldly and with childlike assurance, and, possibly more than anything else, quit moaning and complaining about what He is doing to discipline and help us grow more dependent upon Him and Him alone.

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

Hebrews 4:15-1Amplified Bible

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