“On the next day all the congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, saying, “You have killed the people of the LORD.”
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.”
And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped.”
Numbers 16:41, 44-46, 48 NKJV
I have known many conflicts in my life. In the heat of battle, the last thing on my mind was interceding on behalf of those who opposed me. At my best, I walked away. In my weaker times, I got even and rejoiced at other’s destruction. Reading about Moses and Aaron reminds me of the spiritual growth I have yet to go.
The children of Israel were railing against their earthly leader, designated by God, and failed to realize that in doing so, they were rejecting the One who was truly looking after them. God desired to smite the people, but Moses and Aaron fell on their faces. Such great grace, such mercy, under fire.
Those of us who call upon the name of the Lord have faced much persecution, as we are ambassadors of God, in a world dedicated to self and Satan.
We are seen as the adversaries. When those caught up in sin feel the conviction of the Lord in the form of guilt and shame, they blame us. Many want us destroyed as if we are the cause. Around the world, many seek our destruction, and many of our sisters and brothers have died.
In these times, it easy to seek escape, to hide, or to meet the adversaries head on in conflict. These are normal, human reactions. They are natural.
We, as those saved by the blood of the lamb, are called to do the supernatural things, to respond, rather than react, as we persist in interceding for those who would persecute us.
We press on to share the saving message of the Gospel, even in the face of hatred.
““But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”
Luke 6:27-28 NKJV
We continue to spread the Gospel as representatives of the One who went to the cross for our sins. As time marches forward toward the things to come, may we be faithful to be the witnesses for the Lord, as we seek to help those who oppose us come to a knowledge of Jesus. Many have gone before us in the great commission, and many have paid the price.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
In Jesus, loss is gain, as even death is victory. Moses and Aaron acted with an understanding of the heart of God. The appealed to Him as the children of Israel rebelled. They took the brunt of the criticism in His Name. They were the safe space, the buffer between life and death, as they interceded for those who hated them.
Brothers and sisters, let us be the safe space, as people go against God, through us. Let us go to the Lord day in and day out in the face of the uncertainty, and all that may come to us.
“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”
I Peter 3:8-9 NKJV
Think of Jesus who willingly went to the cross, to be punished for our sins, that we be saved. He has gone before us and demonstrated mercy and grace for us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we too, can stand in the gap like Moses and Aaron, taking the sensor of intercession between the dead and the living.
Jesus is coming again soon to judge the world. We have but a short time to share the Gospel, that many more be saved. Let us not be caught in conflict, but intercessors, standing between life and death, heaven and hell.
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