Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 9:23-10:22; Matthew 11:20-30
“Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Do not regard the stubbornness of this people… lest the land from which you brought us say, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring them into the land … and because he hated them, he has brought them out to put them to death in the wilderness.’” (Deuteronomy 9:27-28)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Sinners need an intercessor—somebody to mediate between them and God. The Israelites had Moses. When the Israelites broke the covenant by worshipping a golden calf, Moses prostrated himself before the Lord and prayed for them.
“Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! Remember how You promised to give the land to their descendants, to protect them, and to bless them!” The Lord never goes back on a promise. Once Moses reminds the Lord of His promises, He must let go of His anger.
“Do not regard Israel’s stubbornness, lest Egypt say that You were unable to bring them into the land and that You only brought Israel into the wilderness to destroy them!” The Lord is the God of the whole earth. He isn’t only interested in what Israel thinks of Him. He’s also concerned about what others think of Him. Moses points out that if God destroys Israel, then the Egyptians will question God’s power or His love.
Moses’ prayers are effective. The Lord spared Israel. Will the Lord spare you when you sin against Him? Yes! You have an Intercessor greater than Moses—Jesus!
After dying for your sins and rising from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven. At God’s right hand He stands, praying for you! He says, “Father, remember the promises You made when You baptized [insert your name here]. Father, consider Your reputation. Save this sinner and the world will see Your power and love.”
If God heard the prayers of Moses, then He certainly hears and answers the prayers of Jesus. If you ever feel like your prayers are insufficient, just remember that Jesus is praying and know that His prayers are always effective! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Jesus, advocate on high, Sacrificed on Calv’ry’s altar, Through Your priestly blood we cry: Hear our prayers, though they may falter; Place them on Your Father’s throne As Your own. (Hear Us, Father, when We Pray, 773:3)