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Friday, March 23, 2012
Numbers 16 and 17: Examples of Intercession
Numbers 16: Examples of Intercession
Example 1: The emotional response of an intercessor must be guided by humility. Moses, falling on his face, indicates humility in that he goes low rather than to stand up and fight.
Numbers 16:4 & 5
“And they gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, [Enough of you!] You take too much upon yourselves, seeing that all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you lift yourselves up above the assembly of the Lord?”
“And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face.”
Example 2: An intercessor reminds us of our gifts and calling, encouraging us to be thankful, not covet the gifts, talents or power of another.
Numbers 16:9 & 10
“Does it seem but a small thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord and to stand before the congregation to minister to them,
And that He has brought you near to Him, and all your brethren the sons of Levi with you? Would you seek the priesthood also?”
Example 3: An intercessor may become emotionally stirred by circumstances, but those emotions are taken directly to God, not spread about through bitter words or backbiting.
“And Moses was very angry and said to the Lord, Do not respect their offering! I have not taken one donkey from them, nor have I hurt one of them.”
Example 4: An intercessor petitions God for mercy, even if the offenders have injured him in some way.
“And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,
Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.
And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin and will You be angry with all the congregation?”
Example 5: An intercessor warns the people to depart from the sins of another, or else they will share in the punishment for those sins.
“And he said to the congregation, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins.”
Example 6: An intercessor places himself between life and death, even at the cost of his personal safety.
Numbers 16:47 & 48
“So Aaron took the burning censer as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and behold, the plague was begun among the people; and he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.
And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stayed.”