Someone describes intimacy as into me see! This implies the openness between one and another. Yet another describes it in terms of a spatial distance between you and another. That spatial description actually tells us your relational status. It is possible to lie down on the same bed with someone, yet you are miles apart. The closer you are, the more intimate you are expected to be. Jon Bloom Modal says it is the experience of knowing and being known by another person. Now, only Moses and Joshua could go to God in a very intimate way. The rest of the people worshiped afar off. The verse says that the Lord could talk to Moses ”mouth to mouth”, or personally as it is used in Gods Word Version. Just a few verses down the line in v20, God told Moses, no one can see me and live. So we are sure this face to face thing is a simple figure of speech. Jon Bloom Modal continues to observe that trust is at the heart of intimacy. While it is good to have Biblical Knowledge, it must fuel trust and not our pride. When intimacy is broken, its always that sin has created a distance between us and God.( James 4:8 ). If we draw near, then we feel the connection once again. Modal points out that a mere subjective aesthetic experience will not replace intimacy, no matter how hard we try, because God is impressed with our faith, not the theatre ambience. So Joshua dwelt with God in the tabernacle. You won’t be surprised at what he will become. How’s your relationship with God? Are you close or are you just at the door, watching others go to Him? Selah! Pause and think about that.
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. Exodus 33:11 KJV