Aaron’s Intercession for Israel

negevdesertI am enjoying the Justice Program so much! For my first module, I took a class on the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). After just three weeks, I have so many more tools to study the Word!

While I was studying Numbers, I realized afresh the importance of what we do in intercession every night. In Numbers 16, Korah insights a rebellion against Moses. Korah tells Moses and Aaron, “You have gone far enough…why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?” Through a whole showdown of events that would put the best Hollywood picture to shame, Moses calls for God to bring about a new thing. Then, the ground opens up swallowing Korah and his family alive into the depths of Sheol.

Unbelievably, the next day, the people grumble against Moses and Aaron blaming the deaths on them. The hot anger of the Lord billows as the glory cloud covers the tent of meeting. God says to Moses and Aaron, “Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly!” Moses calls Aaron to quick action, “Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for the wrath has gone forth from the Lord, the plague has begun!” Aaron did what Moses told him to do and “He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked.” 14,700 people died from that plague. But, had Aaron not “stood between the dead and the living”, the whole congregation of Israel would have been killed.

A Call to Intercessionmeprayingcali

Much has changed since Jesus is now in this intercessory role, but the need for those who will boldly cry out to Him for mercy remains the same (Hebrews 4:16). Thursday, September 3rd, I led prayer at our 4 am meeting. At that time, wild forest fires were engulfing central California. I knew that we had to pray! I prayed from Daniel 9 for mercy, that God would stop the fires. The next day, I received a message saying that they had found the source of the fires as arson that very day and that the fires were beginning to be contained. I know God heard our prayers for mercy in the night. My job as an intercessor is to do what Aaron did: stand between God and the people and cry out for mercy (Joel 2:17).

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