“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” And they fell on their faces. So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a censer and put fire in it from the altar, put incense on it, and take it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them; for wrath has gone out from the LORD. The plague has begun.” Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and already the plague had begun among the people. So he put in the incense and made atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped. Now those who died in the plague were fourteen thousand seven hundred, besides those who died in the Korah incident.”
Numbers 16:44-49 NKJV
Standing between the dead and the living
I have written before on the faithfulness of Moses and his willingness to stand in the gap for a stiff-necked people who were against him and grumbled against God. He and Aaron intervened and saved many people from destruction.
When I read the passage above I can’t help but see the majesty of Jesus Christ as He stood between the dead and the living, the lost and the saved. His sacrifice on the cross checked the plague of sin and death. Like Moses, He too faced the grumbling of a stiff-necked people, comfortable in sin and bound for destruction. He still intercedes on the behalf of stiff-necked people today.
Today Jesus uses vessels of flesh and blood, spiritual descendants of Moses and Aaron, who intercede by the power of the Holy Spirit. We bring the Gospel to a stiff-necked world that grumbles against the righteousness of God. Sin is the plague on the earth, being spiritual death and eternity separated from Christ.
As I have been set apart for God’s Holy purpose, I have had an increased burden for people who do not know the Lord. In the beginning of my mission to share the Gospel I was not as concerned about the eternal destiny of the people I was saved to reach. I took the message to those who received me. I ignored those hostile to me. The idea that my efforts meant the difference between spiritual death and eternal life was lost on me.
Overtime I could see the transformation of my own life and what being in Christ saved me from experiencing. This was especially evident when I encountered people from my past. All too often their lives were wrecked by unchecked sin. The contrast was staggering.
Bringing the message of the Gospel to a lost world is dangerous and wrought with much hatred, mocking, and grumbling. Our mission is like Moses and Aaron’s. We are to stand in the gap. Though the anger is really directed at God, we are the earthly target. It is so tempting to simply keep our mouths shut and say nothing. So many professed believers are doing just that.
I must speak up. It means losing friends, it means losing the respect of others. For some it means losing jobs and livelihood, or even family. But speak we must. We are like Aaron and the sensor, standing in the gap between the dead and the living, that the plague of sin and death be checked.
These days it is hard for me to physically get out there and interact on the level that I desire. When I think of Aaron’s sensor I think of the prayers of the saints. When I pray for those who do not know the Lord, I am running into that gap, I am standing between dead and the living.
I am also praying for those who are able to get out there and do the work. All the believers I bring before the prayer chair are prayed over, pleading with God to provide them opportunities to share the Gospel. I pray that they have the boldness to speak up even when it may be unpopular.
I pray for my pastor Shawn Barr, who has devoted this year to getting out and sharing the Gospel with as many as he can reach.
Dark times are coming. The judgement of God is not far away. Whether near or far, all of us will face death and God. There is an urgency to go out and stand in the gap. There has been no greater imperative to get out and speak, bow and pray, run into the gap between the dead and the living.
Take up your sensor!