A slow, deliberate, but prayerful reading of both Numbers and Deuteronomy makes it abundantly clear that our sins arouses the anger of God. In the verses Deut. 9:19-21, Moses explained how God earlier was going to destroy Aaron because of his allowing the Israelites to make a golden calf. Moses interceded for Aaron. There was a time when God became so angry with the Israelites that He said he would destroy them all and make for Himself a great nation using Moses. Again, Moses, being a figure of Jesus, interceded, and God's anger was quieted.

      In verse 14, of this same chapter, Moses hearkens back to a time, Exodus 32:10-11, when God's anger was kindled, and He threatened to destroy Israel and make a great nation of Moses. Sin is no small matter to God. God constantly called to the attention of His people the horrors of sin and how it was such a stench in His nostrils. He accomplished this through the constant offering of sacrifices. Reading the first five books (the Pentateuch), it seems that the Israelites were almost constantly offering up sacrifices for sin. In addition to their weekly Sabbath offerings, there were seven annual feasts everyone was required to attend. 

      Never under estimate the possibility of a reversal of God's judgement through the loving intercessor. Is there a more awesome role? In fact that is what the Great Commission is all about: "GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL THE NATIONS . . . " Matthew 28:19 (NKJV) Except for the Gospel, every man, woman and child, would in deed go to a devil's hell. By the Gospel being preached, and individuals hearing it, and accepting Christ (the Lamb of God) as their personal savior, God's judgment, then, for them has miraculously been reversed.

      We should all take note of how the early disciples prayed during the night for Peter when he was in prison. The result was an escape with an angelic escort. Acts 12:7-12. Christians should always be prepared to pay a price of intercession when friends or leaders are in crisis situation. We should always pray for the seemingly impossible and never limit God's ability or minimize the effectiveness of our partnership with God in prayer.

      All too often people make the mistake of thinking that because "I CAN NOT SEE" how so-and-so can be released from prison, blah, blah, or there is no way to get Congress to vote this way or vote that way or to change this or change that. Just because it appears that things are signed and sealed in such a way, does not in any way limit the power of God to over rule in the actions of men. Christians have access to the most powerful weapon on the planet, but fail to realize it. We do not need to know how God is going to accomplish a thing for Him to be able to do so, well beyond our wildest imagination. We as humans are obliged to abide by laws and regulations, but God is not. Our calling is to dispense with doubt and have faith in God.

      Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don


 January 16, 2015
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