Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Exodus 33:11
I know we are not supposed to be jealous or envious, but I have to admit that I am a little bit envious of Moses. I have heard God speak to me through his word and through his Spirit and I cherish that communion, but to hear the audible voice of the Lord – isn’t that the longing of every Christian soul?
Jealousy reared its head within Miriam and Aaron and they ‘grumbled’ against Moses, as if he was the only one that God spoke to. The Lord responded to them saying, “If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord.” (Num12)
Moses was a humble man, humble and faithful. He may have been raised as a prince but he knew which King he belonged to. He had a heart for the people and he pleaded for them on so many occasions. He wasn’t afraid to ask God anything and at the same time, he feared God in everything. The character of Moses was such, that the Lord listened to his pleas and requests:
And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favour in my sight, and I know you by name.” (33:17)
I guess that this is where my envy lies; to ask God a direct question and immediately receive a direct answer. Wouldn’t that make life so much easier? Maybe, but we are no less fortunate than Moses. The word of God came audibly to Moses who was instructed to write it down, and so the bible began. We now have the privilege of holding that word in our hands.
Although it is true that there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face (Deut34:10), we know Him spirit to Spirit and he reveals himself to us every time we seek him, for we are favoured in his sight and he knows each one of us by name.