TUESDAY, JUNE 12
Scripture: Deuteronomy 9:23-29
Saving Israel from themselves became an assignment for Moses. The people sinned and stood facing the judgment of God. Moses interceded in their behalf bringing the mercy of God to them based on the covenant and the relationship that he had with God. Deuteronomy 9:23-29 says, “And I looked, and behold, you had sinned against the LORD your God—had made for yourselves a molded calf! You had turned aside quickly from the way which the LORD had commanded you. Then I took the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes. And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin which you committed in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the LORD was angry with you, to destroy you. But the LORD listened to me at that time also. And the LORD was very angry with Aaron and would have destroyed him; so I prayed for Aaron also at the same time. Then I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it and ground it very small, until it was as fine as dust; and I threw its dust into the brook that descended from the mountain.” Over and over and over again, Moses saved individuals and the nation through intercession. But the only way that was possible was through his relationship with God. Moses had the character and the quality of one who could be brought near. That character is infused with holiness and obedience. Walking with God in holy obedience produces eternal fruit. In Christ we have access to both the Savior and the Judge! We have been declared holy. Therefore, we can intercede for our wayward friends, family and nation. We can bring both judgment and salvation. God has made us His agents of salvation in the last days. One stunning thing to look at is the wisdom that God gave Moses in handling the golden calf0. Through the supernatural wisdom of God, Moses turned the golden calf, the object of Israel’s sin, into an agent of healing and deliverance. It’s an amazing demonstration of God’s mercy!