Exodus 33:7-11

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Eliminate the Noise


Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. Exodus 33:7

Noise pollution, has been generally defined as, “regular exposure to elevated sound levels with ranging impacts on the activity of human or animal life, most of them harmful to a degree.” It can damage psychological health and is associated with several physiological conditions, including cardiovascular disorders, hypertension, high stress levels, tinnitus, hearing loss, sleep deprivation, and others. In the 1950s, inventors began submitting patents for devices related to active noise reduction or cancellation. These devices were designed to cancel or eliminate ambient and unwanted sound waves while isolating a desired sound without increasing the volume. Most contemporary noise-cancelling devices generate deflective sound waves in real-time with analogue technology while other active noise and vibration control products use soft real-time digital processing. This enables the listener to receive a desired message with little, if any, static or delay.

Noise pollution also impedes our communication with God. Moses pitched a “tent of meeting” “outside the camp some distance away” to reduce the noise that interfered with communication from the Lord. Having experienced the blessedness of solitary and face-to-face communion with God during the forty days spent on Sinai, Moses now wanted a “house of God” where he could retire for prayer and meditation, secure from disturbances and protected from the distractions and sounds of camp life, at least until the Tabernacle was completed. This tent became a place where “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face as a man speaks with his friend” (11). He made this tent available to anyone who desired to spend time in solitude with the Lord and receive His counsel in real time.