About Jesus Steve Sweetman
In verses 1 to 3 Moses
Verses 4 to 6 is
interesting. Moses tells
We often hear people
wondering why God had Israel
destroy so many people, and now we know the answer.
Note in verse 5 the
second reason why Israel
would possess the land. It
was because of the covenant God made with Himself and directed to
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Whatever
good thing God does with Israel, it is on account of these three men and the Abrahamic Covenant.
has never been righteous enough to receive God's blessings, and they
aren't today. God will bless
In verses 7 through 10
In verse 14 we are
reminded of how God felt. He
wanted to blot all these Israelis out of existence under the heavens and
make Moses into a great nation. God
was not saying that He would destroy
We just saw how angry God
was at Israel, now in verses 15 through 18 we see how angry Moses was.
God Himself had taken two tablets of stone, and wrote on them
what has been called the Ten Commandments.
Now imagine this. The
only time in history when a man has possessed some kind of material
where God Himself wrote on, and now Moses destroys the tablets.
He must have been angry. These
were very precious and I'd suggest very expensive stones. If we could
have them today, they would be priceless.
In verses 18 to 21 we see
a practical example of a real leader of God's people.
Moses was angry with God's people.
He shared God's feelings. That
is one mark of a good leader of God's people.
He was afraid of what God would do with His rebellious people.
That's another mark of a good leader.
Then, he fasted and prayed for forty days and interceded on
behalf of God's rebellious people. Again,
this is a mark of a good leader, a mark that is seldom seen today.
In my thinking, it seems that most Christian leaders today prefer
the lime light of the pulpit over the times of prayer, fasting, and
intercession for those they are supposed to lead.
The church suffers for that. Also,
I can't see a pastor being angry at the people God has called him to
serve. He'd certainly lose
his job, and that's another problem.
Being a pastor is not a job, but a calling from the Lord.
So pastors aught to pastor as the Lord would have them pastor,
and Moses was a good example at pastoring.
Note in verse 23 and 24
that Moses compares a lack of trust in God to rebellion.
Rebellion begins when we fail to trust.
Failing to trust God is the underlying factor to all sins.
Trust is fundamental in our relationship with the Lord.
From verse 25 to the end
of this chapter we see one example of how Moses spoke with God during
these times of intercession. He
actually reminded God of the promises He made to Abraham.
He told God that His credibility would be severely damages if He
did not keep His promise. Moses
was special. Probably very
few men in history could pray in such a way, but he did.
As I've said before,
Moses is one prime example of how pastors should live.
He had great concern for God's people, but most of all, he shared
the way God feels. This
chapter shows one aspect of pastoring, and that is intercessory prayer.
Something that is sadly lacking in our world of church today.