Ex.33:9-11 – And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
At the end of the day the presence of God is about intimacy. Everything else; such as power, healing, revelation, and wisdom flow out of friendship with God. Apparently that was the difference between other prophets, Moses had more of a personal relationship with the Lord. The beautiful thing about the day we live in is that friendship is available to all of us. You can draw near to the Lord, experience His powerful presence, and continue walking with the Lord. That is exactly what was restored to us at Pentecost. Adam lost his friendship with the Lord when he was banished from the garden. Several men in the Old Testament experienced this intimate friendship. Along with Moses, Abraham was called the friend of God.
Isa.41:8 – But you, Israel, are My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
The descendants of Abraham My friend.
Here is how John Wesley described this passage.
“And the Lord spake to Moses face to face as a man speaketh to his friend—Which intimates not only that God revealed himself to Moses with greater clearness than to any other of the prophets, but also with greater expressions of particular kindness than to any other. He spake not as a prince to a subject, but as a man to his friend, whom he loves, and with whom he takes sweet counsel. And he turned again into the camp—To tell the people what hopes he had of bringing this business to a good issue. But because he intended speedily to return to the tabernacle, he left Joshua there.”
In the presence of the Lord our hearts finally find the very thing we are longing for, friendship with God. When your life is over what do you want to be said about you? I think the greatest compliment of all would be “he was a friend of God”.