Passage: Numbers 16
Today: Stand between the dead and the living!
47 Aaron did as Moses told him and ran out among the people. The plague had already begun to strike down the people, but Aaron burned the incense and purified[g] the people. 48 He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague stopped. 49 But 14,700 people died in that plague, in addition to those who had died in the affair involving Korah. 50 Then because the plague had stopped, Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the Tabernacle. (Numbers 16, NLT)-emphasis added
In Numbers 16, we read this: when Korah, Dathan and Abiram, along with 250 select people came up against the man of God-Moses, God’s wrath came upon them; Moses cried out to the Lord. The earth opened up and swallowed the three with their families; fire from above consumed the 250 people. Then, a plague started and people were dying in thousands. At that point, Moses told Aaron to quickly stand in the presence of God, in between the living and the dead; the plague stopped!
It is not easy to do that; but that is what Jesus did on the cross. He saved many from the wrath of God, by standing in the gap
The prophets of the O.T and Apostles of the N.T did it; many are doing it all over the world. God needs intercessors, and we can do that right from our homes!
Had Moses not taken that step, the plague would have killed almost all of them. Today, many “plagues” are going on, “killing” many, spiritually. Because of the lack of people who would “stand in the gap”, many are spiritually dead in churches today.
Jesus is no longer a role-model for many, but Judas Isacriot is! Isacriot was all about “What can I make/get through this position”; He made it, but lost his own soul! Jesus was simply the opposite; He gave himself as a sacrifice
God is looking for someone to stand in the gap, so that people will not perish!
30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. 31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 22, NIV 84)
Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side 4 and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” (Ezekiel 9, NIV 84)
If you are a person standing in the gap and interceding for the people, grieving and lamenting about the detestable things happening among the people of God, then God takes a note of you!
It is about time for God to wrap things up; many saints are being persecuted all over the world, and they cry, “come Lord Jesus, quickly”
Have a blessed day, as you are taking a decision to be an intercessor!
Reflection: Can I be a person standing in the gap, interceding for the people, and crying about the detestable things going on?
Prayer:Lord, help me to be one who stands in between the living and the dead, interceding, so that many could be saved
1 Help, Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. 2 Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception. …tongue 4 that says, “We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips[b]—who is our master?” (Ps 12, NIV 84)