“When Moses entered the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law. In this way the Lord spoke to him.”-Numbers 7:89
The long Numbers Chapter 7 ends by telling us that Moses entered the tent of meeting where the Lord spoke to him from above the atonement cover between the two cherubim.
Do you recall what this “atonement cover” (the lid of the Ark of the Covenant) is called in Hebrew?
It is called the KAPPORET.
In English, it is also sometimes referred to as the “mercy seat“.
Now notice where it says “the Lord spoke to Him“.
That’s not really correct because the Hebrew word being used here is DIBBER and DIBBER means to converse WITH somebody, in other words, one party says something and the other party responds back.
So Moses is not simply receiving instructions from God here.
He was actually having a 2-way conversation with the Almighty!
This is awesome!
There have been precious few men in history who have had the incredible privilege and honor to be able to engage in a two-way dialogue with the Creator of the Universe.
I don’t know how many times when I was feeling down or despondent or not exactly sure what next step I should take in my life that I thought to myself if only I could hear the unmistakable voice of the Lord.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to just be able to ask HASHEM a question and right there on the spot receive a clear answer?
Next, notice where it says “Moses entered the Tent of Meeting“.
This brings us to another area often misunderstood by gentile Christians.
Even though Moses was standing before the Ark of the Covenant, he was NOT inside the Holy of Holies.
Nowhere in the Torah does it explicitly state that Moses was standing inside the Holy of Holies.
To think so is an assumption and a FALSE ONE at that.
This misunderstanding arises from misinterpreting the Biblical phrase “Moses stood before the Lord“.
The phrase “to stand before the Lord” does seem to give the impression that Moses was inside the Holy of Holies standing right smack dab in front of the ark but it’s not true.
The truth is that Moses was standing in the Holy Place next to the inner curtain (PAROKHET in Hebrew) that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies.
Here’s the thing.
The expression “to stand before the Lord” is another one of those classic Hebraic idioms that simply means to approach and draw near to God’s sanctuary.
It most certainly does NOT mean that somebody jumps inside the Holy of Holies which is a very dangerous proposition.
The Rabbis have always understood that Moses was standing OUTSIDE of the Holy of Holies in front of the the inner curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies.
And by the way, this reminds me that the Yeshua believer does NOT, and I repeat does NOT have access to and enter inside of the Holy of Holies and I don’t care what that maple syrupy sentimental Christian song says.
Theologically and scripturally, it’s just NOT true.
There is only one type of person who is allowed to enter the Holy of Holies.
And that person is God’s anointed High Priest and Mediator who is now Yeshua of Nazareth.
That is why we are to pray to the Father in Yeshua’s Name.
Another point to think about is if Moses really did enter the Holy of Holies regularly, why are we told later on that Moses begged to get a glimpse of His Presence?
I’m referring to a story we’ll read later on where Moses hides himself in the cleft of a rock while the Lord passes by and Moses gets a quick glimpse of the Lord’s backside.
My whole point is if there is any one thing that is crystal clear in the Torah, it is that absolutely no one is permitted to enter the Holy of Holies except God’s anointed High Priest and even he can only go in once a year during Yom Kippur.
And even when the High Priest entered, he had to carry burning incense with him so that the cloudy smoke served as a sort of protective barrier that protected the High Priest from the danger of death since he was so close to the PURE HOLINESS of the Most High.
NEXT TIME WE BEGIN NUMBERS CHAPTER EIGHT