My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, February 24, 2012
“Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the
greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this
people, from Egypt even until now.”
(Numbers 14:19 NASB)
In this scripture in Numbers today we find Moses again and again
interceding for the lives of the Israelites. Day in and day out they
grumble against God who is dwelling with them. Moses on the other hand
is a good and faithful man and loves his people, even when they are
disobedient. Moses is a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ who never, ever
gives up on his people. Whenever the people turn their backs on God, it
is Moses who mediates between the people and God. He literally gets
down on his face before God and pleads for the people. There are times
that the people themselves have no clue how repulsive their acts have
been in the eyes of God. Many of them are very far from God and have no
relationship with him, even if he is in their midst. Therefore it is
Moses who becomes the bridge, ever pleading for the lives of his people,
desiring to draw them back to the God who truly loves them.
We are told that after Christ Jesus ascended to heaven, he now sits
at the right hand of the Father, ever interceding for all of us. Moses
gave us a glimpse of the Messiah who was to come. Interestingly fallen
humanity's nature has not changed since the days of Moses. Humanity
continues to have the same kind of reckless responses before our Holy
God. However, now we can see Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God,
sitting at the right hand of the Father, always praying and interceding
for all of us. The result is that the presence of God never leaves us.
God never stops facing us and reaching out to us, because Jesus is ever
interceding for us. We may turn our backs on him, and we may do stupid
things but he does not give up on us.
When our lives are in tune with God, we too, are to follow the
example of Moses. Christ is interceding for us, but we are to step into
that role as well, ever interceding for others who need to be drawn
back to God. This is part of our calling as followers of Jesus Christ.
Every follower of Jesus Christ ought to be passionate about the lost
whom they encounter on a daily basis. We ought to be on our faces
before God for those loved ones of ours who are not following him. We
ought to have a list of those for whom we are praying on a daily basis.
We ought to also be praying for those "Divine Appointments" which God
has ordained for us to have every single day so that we can be ever
interceding for a lost and dying world.
Intercession -- it's not just for Moses, or for Jesus, but as
transformed followers of Christ, we are also called into this ministry
together with him. Oswald Chambers once said that God does not allow us
to see the weaknesses in others so that we can criticize them, but
rather, that we can pray for them. This is why we must understand that
it is part of our responsibility as a Christian to be ever in
intercession for those around us. It is a part of our responsibility
which we must take seriously.
Lord, I am interceding today for those whom you have laid on my heart. Amen.