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Thanks for His intercession

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 5 months ago | 765 views Link: https://goo.gl/pznzfG

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Numbers 16 reveals a sad incident in the history of Israel.  Nevertheless, it reveals to us, among other things, a wonderful truth which should cause us to rejoice at God’s goodness.   Israel had seen God do a marvelous thing in delivering the people from bondage in Egypt.  They had come to the land that God had promised to them but refused to go in out of fear of the inhabitants.  God had threatened to destroy them and make a new nation with Moses.  Moses interceded for them, basing his intercession on the honor of God’s name.

But it appears that some were jealous of Moses’ leadership and felt he was no better than they and that he should not be exalted above the others in the assembly.  The chapter relates Moses response to the men and then God’s swift judgment on the rebels.   By Moses’ proclamation, God opened the ground and it swallowed Dathan and Abiram and their families and their goods.  Then fire came from the Lord and consumed 250 men offering incense.

The next day, even after seeing the judgment of God, the congregation of Israel grumbled against Moses and against Aaron, saying, “You have killed the people of the LORD.”  God again threatened to consume them. 

But Moses had Aaron take his censer and put fire on it from the altar and lay incense on it.  It was for the purpose of making atonement for them.  He commanded Aaron to do it quickly for a plague had begun from the Lord’s anger.  Aaron stood between the living and the dead and the plague was stopped.  Moses and Aaron had interceded for the people to save them from certain death.

Here are two incidents in which Moses has interceded for the people.  What a beautiful picture of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us!  Because of our sinful depravity, we were headed for certain death.  God has said the soul that sins, it shall die.  The wages of sin is death and ground could swallow us up just as quickly as it swallowed those rebels in Moses’ day.

But, in His grace, our Savior interceded for us by His sacrificial death on the cross, thus rescuing us from certain death.  That intercession gave us life eternally in Him.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Even as cleansed ones, we continue to sin and deserve punishment and death.  Yet Christ and the Spirit continue to intercede for us.

Hebrews 7 says, “Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”  We have a great High Priest, greater than Moses, Who is concerned for us and ever lives to intercede for us.  May we rejoice that He lives to intercede for us.  May we thank Him for His perfect care despite our sin.  May it remind us to intercede for each other.

Dale

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Mary Leadbetter

Praise the Lord for His grace.

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