Moses took the tent and pitched it outside the camp, far away from the camp. He called it the meeting tent. Everyone who wanted advice from the LORD would go out to the meeting tent outside the camp.
Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise and stand at the entrance to their tents and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent.
When Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come down and stand at the tent's entrance while the LORD talked with Moses.
When all the people saw the column of cloud standing at the tent's entrance, they would all rise and then bow down at the entrances to their tents.
In this way the LORD used to speak to Moses face-to-face, like two people talking to each other. Then Moses would come back to the camp. But his young assistant Joshua, Nun's son, wouldn't leave the tent.