Today’s Verse, Numbers 16:22
Saturday, July 1, 2017
But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, “O God, the God who gives breath to all living things, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?”
Reflections on Today’s Verse
God came down in His glory upon the people of Israel. He also came in judgment. As with the incident of Israel turning to worship the golden calf (Exodus 32), God threatens the people with destruction. Again, as then, He makes the threat to Moses face-to-face. And, again, as then, Moses acts as a mediator, the savior of Israel.
So, what does Moses do? He prays. Moses’ prayer asks God to relent of His just anger. For what reason? God’s glory and God’s mercy.
You see, God’s mercy results in His glory for His own name. What a glorious God we have who forgives sin and has provided a means for sinners to be made righteous only through His Son, Jesus Christ!
Never forget both His mercy and His judgment result in His glory and His praise. Our God is not a “tame” God like you pet dog or cat. He is not to be trifled or messed with. God’s mercy and God’s judgment was shown in response to Moses’ prayer.
What about the children of those that didn’t trust God and rebelled? Their children, whom the frightened Israelites were certain would be destroyed by the “giant” Canaanites, would enter the land. Joshua and Caleb, who had a different spirit and gave a God-trusting report, would enter the land, too.
The rest of the people aged 20 years and above would wander in the wilderness for 40 years—one year for each day the spies were in the land. They would die in the desert.
God is serious about His judgment. Some have estimated that around 200 people on average would have died every day of those 40 years’ wandering. This is a serious reminder of God’s just judgment.
Moses and Aaron were gap-fillers for the Israelites. The Bible mentions 48 times where these two men of faith intently sought God on the behalf of the people. So when Korah and his Levite friends falsely accused Moses and Aaron of taking honor for themselves and treating the people unfairly, they immediately started talking to God. The brothers knew that they were there to do God’s will and to lead His people into the Promised Land.
God then judged between the two sides and showed favor to Moses and Aaron. Thus, Korah’s insolent rebellion against Moses ended up badly for himself and his family (Numbers 16:1-2). God showed that He protects His own, especially when they are seeking His face in prayer about decisions for others (Numbers 16:22).
Are you standing in the gap in prayer for your fellow Christians and unsaved friends? Moses and Aaron were great gap-fillers because they were willing to fall on their faces for the sake of the people around them.
As gap-fillers, our job is to lead souls back to God through humble pleas and prayer of the LORD’s protection, will, power, and conviction in their lives (Philippians 4:4-6).
Are you willing to pray for those around you like this?
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Father, listen to me and don’t ignore my plea today. I desire to be a gap-filler in prayer for my family, church, country, and area. Lord, help me to be faithful in prayers when others are not. Forgive me when I say I will pray for someone and I really never do. Father, I need no other argument; I need no other plea. It is enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me! He is our rock and our strong tower. Thank you, Jesus. In your name I pray. Amen.