8 And it came about, whenever Moses went out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he entered the tent. 9 Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and the LORD would speak with Moses.
11 Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.
One of our deepest desires is to be known by someone. We long for it, but we also fear it. To be known is to be exposed and I think we all know what exposure can do to us.
In our society we have developed schemes and methods to help us put our best foot forward, and these methods can be incredibly sophisticated. Hollywood knows all about our efforts. There are scores of romantic films that have brought in millions simply because they have focused on the art of making that all-important first impression. It may be a bit dated, but one of the most memorable films dealing directly with this subject was produced in 2005. The film is called Hitch, starring Will Smith and Kevin James. The premise of the film? Socially awkward people need a relationship doctor to help them get a date. Smith is the doctor. James is the student. Yet here’s the question: what happens when the relationship we long for moves from the first moment to the second, third, fourth and the ultimate goal: a lifetime of moments? That first impression is simply a first impression.
Human relationships become most satisfying only when they go deep. We are not designed to live our lives on the surface, and so we shouldn’t be surprised that when our first parents, Adam and Eve, produce children in Genesis 4, we are told that Adam “knew” (Hebrew: yada) his wife. Marriage is designed to be a safe place of being known. If we enter into marriage, may the Lord grant us the security and safety of being exposed.
Of course there are other ways that God communicates to us about relationships. Yesterday in my sermon I spoke about how Enoch and Noah “walked with God,” and I spoke about God’s friendship with Abraham and Moses. In a digital age, friendships come rather easily. If you have a Facebook page, for example, how many friends do you have? 100? 200? 800? Our friendships tend to be broad and shallow, and few of them run deep. Do they satisfy you? Do your “friends” really even know you? It seems like to me we are in danger of destroying the word “friend.” Do we need another word to describe friendships that truly matter and run deep?
In a post like this I cannot take the time or space to do an extensive exploration of the subject of relationships in scripture. That would probably take a lifetime anyway. However, as we read the Bible together, keep in mind the real needs of human beings. We need to be known, and God wants us to know Him.
He is our safety and our security.