And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. (Numbers 21:6-9)
Today's Morsel: When we look at the life of Moses in leading the children of Israel, Moses was a very meek and humble man. Most of us would never have put up with what he went through. They accused him for every bad thing that they felt was happening to them. They never complemented him on the good, they always found fault with him when things weren't going their way. And yet, when God began to punish them for their complaining, murmuring, and disrespect, they ran to Moses asking him to intercede to God for them, and Moses did just that each time. Even when God saw their rebellion and told Moses to remove himself so that He could destroy them and give him new children to lead, Moses stood in the gap for them. What a true man of God. How do you think you would have handled the situation? Most of us would have just removed ourselves and said, "Have at it God! Wipe the slate clean!" But not Moses. Moses is an example of a true intercessor. The trait of a true intercessor is being able to plead with God for the good instead of the worst. It is being able to let God see your heart for the good of others instead of being concerned for yourself. It is being a selfless servant instead of being self-centered. When you can cause God to see that it is more for the good of others than for yourself, you'll touch the heart of God. Whether you believe it or not, God does have a weak side, and it's called compassion. And when your compassion meets His compassion, there is forgiveness, healing, and deliverance. Ask the Syrophoenician woman whose daughter was possessed with a devil (Matthew 15:21-28).
Sing: When gloom and sadness whispers, you've sin, no use to pray, I look away to Jesus, and He, tells me to say!
I see a crimson stream of blood, it flows from Calvary. It's waves which reach the throne of God, are sweeping, over me.