“Please! Forgive the offense of this people according to the greatness of your grace, just as you have borne with this people from Egypt until now.”-Numbers 14:19
There is one great and awesome principle demonstrated in Moses’ relationship with God we must not overlook.
Moses had the power to sway the Father.
God’s chosen intercessors and/or mediators through their prayers on behalf of others can curb divine retribution.
The implications for us are awesome.
This means that all things in our lives are not necessarily set.
God’s divine plans and intents can be influenced to go another way when His righteous mediators approach Him and offer up prayers on behalf of those who have sinned.
Recall the exchange Abraham had with God prior to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
In this dialogue, Abraham approached God and asked Him if He was going to destroy the city even if there were righteous people living there.
After a lengthy back and forth, God finally agreed to the terms that He would NOT destroy the city if there was a righteous MINION (ten people) there.
Unfortunately, in this case, there wasn’t even a righteous MINION, so Sodom and Gomorrah ended up being toast.
But this dialogue does show us that God is willing to be in a relationship with us.
He is not some impartial universal force or principle.
He is a personal being who has compassion and love for us and is willing to listen to reason and our concerns.
Otherwise, where is the relationship?
Our Father in His love for us has given us free will.
We are not puppets whose strings are being pulled left and right by our Creator.
In a true relationship, there must be give and take and meaningful communication.
Otherwise, there ain’t no relationship.
So understand, if you are in God’s Will, you can influence God (mind-boggling just thinking about this) and your intercessory prayers on behalf of others do count.
And of course we can see this great principle of intercessory mediation demonstrated in the person of Messiah all the way up to his death.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Yeshua said, “Father, forgive them,
for they do not know what they are doing.”
And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
that your faith may not fail.
And when you have turned back,
strengthen your brothers.”