Scripture portion: Exodus 32:11-13
What makes a person successful in Christian life or the ministry of the Lord? It is his or her personal relationship with the Lord.
- Jesus said, in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.”
We see this in the life of every hero of faith. God has been transforming them, molding them according to the Lord’s plan and will for their lives. Initially they struggle in life, but as they progress in transformation, they align with the will and plan of God.
We see this in Moses’ life as well. From the last two sermons we have been learning the call and the transformation of Moses.
- God called him as He revealed Himself to him—Moses’ call was very special as the I AM THAT I AM came down to call him.
- God has been transforming him—From Struggles of Faith to Submission of Faith.
Today, we look into one of the great transformations that happened in Moses’ life that he became a great intercessor to God for the people of Israel.
What is intercession? It means “to come between”, means praying to God for others.
Today, we specifically look into Exodus 32, where one of the great intercessory prayers of Moses is recorded:
Sin of Israel (Exodus 32:1-6, 7-10)
The context here is God giving the Ten Commandments to Israel through Moses. Moses went up to Mt Sinai to receive the Commandments, and was with God for 40 days. During this duration, the people became restless, and went to Aaron, asking for a visible god, and Aaron made a calf by gold, and the golden calf became their god.
The Lord exposes the sin of Israel in verses 7-10:
- They have corrupted themselves (v 7)
- They have turned aside quickly out of the way (v 8)
- They are stubborn (v 9)
Moses’ Intercession (Exodus 32:11-13)
Moses, as the intercessor, stands in between Israelites and God, asking God to remember His covenantal faithfulness, and be merciful to His people (vv 11-13).
God’s Response (Exodus 32:14, 33-35)
Two things are to be noted here:
- The LORD repented or relented (v 14). This means, God will not immediately destroy them all.
- The people will have to eventually face the consequences for their sin (v 33-35).
Lessons to be Learned:
- Moses’ Response was Immediate—Moses pleaded with the LORD his God (v 11): He knew that, nothing, but God’s mercy would save them. So he fell before the throne of mercy.
- Moses’ Prayer was Intelligent—Moses pleaded on the basis of God’s faithfulness (vv 12-13).
- Moses’ Response was Intimate—Moses pleaded with God very passionately, passion for God’s people and passionate in his relationship with the LORD.
- Moses Knew the Necessity of Sanctification—sin must be punished (vv 25-29). The call was, “Who is on the LORD’s side?”
- Moses was willing to Sacrifice his own life—Moses said, Take away my life (v 32).
- Moses Surrendered himself to God—there was no argument with God, but only plea.
Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
We are able to intercede for others because Christ became our Intercessor between God and man!
- 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Galatians 4:4-6, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.