One in A Million
And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
This verse is formed out of grief. The children of Israel had committed grievous sin against God, and God had Moses move the tabernacle to the outside of the camp because He could no longer dwell inside the camp.
As Moses went to meet with God that morning, all the men stood at the door of their tents and honored Moses as he went to meet with God, after this every morning as Moses walked to the tabernacle this was the custom to honor the man of God.
But notice one man out of a million went with Moses, Joshua. Joshua is now described as Moses’s servant. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, one faithful man was waiting for forty days at the foot of the mountain as close as he could get without being put to death, waiting for the prophet to come down with the word. While Joshua waited Aaron led the Israelites into pagan worship of a golden calf. Joshua wanted no part in this sin, and he knew that God was able to care for Moses during this forty-day test.
Notice that no-one else went to the door of the Tabernacle, Aaron didn’t go, no mention of Levites or anyone else. The quality I notice about Joshua is this, he always wanted to be as close to God as he could get even if it meant being just a servant. Think about that… they had just come out of Egypt as slaves and now he willingly takes the title servant, because that’s as close to God as he can get.
It’s almost like he read Mathew 11:29 centuries before Christ:
Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I Am gentle and humble in heart, you will find rest for your souls.
Joshua did learn from Moses, he learned relationship with God comes first, he learned leadership. When the time for Moses came to depart from this earth, God knew exactly who He had trained for the position, the Lord appointed Joshua to lead His people.
I once heard a Navy Admiral say this:
“You can’t be a good leader until you have learned to become a good follower.”
He is: El Roi
The God Who Sees Me