“The Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a…friend.” Ex 33:11
Not only do priests minister in three different levels of light, they operate on three levels of intimacy with God. The life of Moses is a great illustration of this. When God first called Moses to lead the people of Israel, He spoke to him through a burning bush. And when it happened Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight” (Ex 3:3 NKJV). God’s willingness to speak to us is never in doubt. The real issue is always our willingness to “turn aside,” interrupt our schedule, and be responsive to what He has to say. Could God speak to you during a commercial break in your favorite television show? He could—but He probably won’t. He’s a king, and He wants us to observe the protocol for approaching Him that He outlined in His Word. Next, God spoke to Moses on a mountain and gave him the Ten Commandments. And when He did, the entire mountain burned and smoked with God’s presence (See Ex 20:18 NKJV). When it happened, the people trembled and said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die” (v. 19 NKJV). Moments like that set the man and woman of God apart from the crowd! Finally, Moses became so intimate with God that “the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend” (NKJV). Imagine “face time” with God! What a privilege! And it should be the desire of your heart. It’s when you’ve met with God face to face and heard from Him personally, that you are equal to the task.