Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 30, 2014

“And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 16:41-50.

“41 But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, “You are the ones who have caused the death of the Lord’s people.”  42 It came about, however, when the congregation had assembled against Moses and Aaron, that they turned toward the tent of meeting, and behold, the cloud covered it and the glory of the Lord appeared.  43 Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, 44 and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 45 “Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly.”  Then they fell on their faces.  46 Moses said to Aaron, “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 wrath has gone forth from the Lord, the plague has begun!”  47 Then Aaron took it as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people.  So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. 48 He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked.  49 But those who died by the plague were 14,700, besides those who died on account of Korah.  50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the doorway of the tent of meeting, for the plague had been checked.”  Numbers 16:41-50.

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Aaron interceded.  God seemed inclined to consume the people instantly (verse 45), so Aaron interceded taking his stand between the dead and the living and making atonement for the people (verses 47 and 48).

Aaron’s intercession points to the work of the Trinity Who intercedes for us.

God the Father willed and planned and brought salvation.

“And He saw that there was no man,
And was astonished that there was no one to intercede;
Then His own arm brought salvation to Him,
And His righteousness upheld Him.”  Isaiah 59:16.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.

12 “Listen to Me, you stubborn-minded,
Who are far from righteousness.
13 “I bring near My righteousness, it is not far off;
And My salvation will not delay.
And I will grant salvation in Zion,
And My glory for Israel.”  Isaiah 46:9-13.

God the Son provided the atonement through His death and continues to intercede for us.

“… Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”  Romans 8:34.

“… And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;  and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”  1 John 2:1-2.

God the Spirit helps us with our weaknesses, groaning for us and guiding us and connecting us to God the Father and His will and all truth.

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness;  for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;  and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8:26-27.

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;  for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak;  and He will disclose to you what is to come.”  John 16:13.

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