Thursday, December 25, 2014

My Christmas Gift to You

A couple of passages have stirred me recently.

1) God sent down fire on the camp because He heard the Israelites complaining.

"When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the LORD and the fire died down."  Numbers 11:2

2) God struck Miriam with leprosy and Aaron went to Moses for help.

"So Moses cried out to the LORD, 'O God, please heal her!"  Numbers 12:13
At God's direction Miriam spent seven days outside the camp and she returned healed.

These are not the only occasions when Moses went to God for the sake of those He called him to lead. Exodus 32 records the golden calf fiasco when Moses had to take a giant step into the role of peacemaker between God and His people. 

We often see in the Old Testament a hint or likeness of things to come in the New Testament. The beauty of such coordination across the Scriptures is one of the aspects that feed my love for God's Word. 

In this instance the two Numbers passages prompt me to compare the work of Moses and that of Christ.     

Here's the World-Shifting Gift I want to share with you.

We see God respond swiftly with love and mercy when Moses intervenes on behalf of the Israelites. 
The people came to understand, appreciate, and rely on that intercessory relationship.

How much richer is the Father's response when His Son intervenes on behalf of those for whom He came to die. 
How abundant our lives will be as we come to understand, appreciate, and rely on THAT intercessory relationship. Hallelujah

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." 
John 3:16

"Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them."  
Hebrews 7:25

Let us worship in light of this glorious truth on the Day we celebrate Christ's first appearing. Amen

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