One in A Million August 10
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.
Grief formed this verse. The children of Israel had sinned against God, and God had Moses move the tabernacle to the outside of the camp because He could no longer dwell on the inside.
As Moses went to meet God, all the men stood at the door of their tents in honor of Moses. 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 was 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 remained, 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 the forty days.
No one else went to the Tabernacle door. Aaron didn’t go, no mention of Levites or anyone else. The quality about Joshua is this; he always wanted to be as close to God as possible, even if it meant being 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.
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, and he learned relationship with God comes first. He learned leadership. When Moses departed from this earth, God knew 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