Exodus 33: 7-11…Last time, we read how the people were beginning to take repentance seriously. Moses now sets up a separate tent far outside the camp. He uses it as a meeting place to talk with God personally and intimately…as a friend. Others who wanted to seek the Lord could go there too. When Moses entered the tent, a pillar of cloud would descend at the door. When Moses headed for that tent, people would watch from their own tent doors and worship when He entered that tent and the cloud descended. When Moses left the tent, his attendant Joshua, did not leave the tent.
What can we learn from this? Can we see Jesus in this? Jesus woke up early in the morning, and went alone a distance away, to meet and talk with His Heavenly Father…in personal, intimate fellowship. We are also encouraged to separate ourselves to a quiet place where we can seek Him, pray, and fellowship with God. The cloud by day and the fire by night signify the Holy Spirit. When we meet with God, the Holy Spirit is always present. The Holy Spirit always points us to worshipping the Father and the Son.
At first, it seemed odd to me that Joshua, Moses attendant, did not leave the tent. Yet, there are likely many things that might be signified by Joshua not leaving the tent. Joshua takes lead after Moses death, and his life also has foreshadows of Jesus. Actually, Joshua and Yeshua are the same name, just different language translations (Joshua being the English translation of Hebrew, and Yeshua being the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew, with the Hebrew being Yehoshua). Being Joshua also foreshadows Jesus, we could see that Jesus does not depart the presence of God. Possible, Joshua was guarding the tent to keep it holy and set apart, without being abused, corrupted, or invaded by outsiders. This could signify that the only way to get into the presence of God is through Yeshua Jesus. And a reminder that meeting with God should be reverent and recognizing of His holiness and authority. I love the tent of meeting with the Father, Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit!