A Voice of Intersession
As Moses made his way back up the mountain, His heart was filled with worry and anguish. He had stood in the gate of Israel’s sin in an attempt to repair the breach that their apostasy had caused. He had taken the painful yet necessary steps to remove the rebellious seed from among Israel. Blood had been shed and the sinners removed but still his mind was troubled. How could he hope to change God’s decree declaring that He would destroy Israel and start over with Moses? The way was steep but Moses wasted no time and soon he found himself on the summit, again with God.
Falling to his knees, Moses began to plead for the lives of his people. They had tried to stone him, had risen up in rebellion against him again and again, but Moses loved them. Moses knew the power of prayer. “Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin”. You can almost hear his plea as in anguish he poured out his heart to God. “O Father, forgive, I pray thee this great sin. O Father forgive!” Yet it seemed that the sin of the people was so great that God would not change His mind. For forty days he prayed but seemingly to no avail. Finally, Moses used the only last bargaining chip he had left. Moses had his name written in the book of life. He had his eternal life and in mirroring the great principle of love that Christ would one day demonstrate, Moses offered it in exchange for the life of Israel.
Once again he prayed “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; (there was a long pause) and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. God could not prevent him from doing this. It was Moses’s choice. And rather than loose Moses because of His great love for him, God forgave the people. It is no wonder that the name of Moses and the Lamb will be linked together for all time. What wondrous and amazing love for an unlovable people.
It is now in this light that we can bring together the two great voices from the past. Moses and Elijah, who came to comfort Christ and who in their characters reflected the nature of Christ, were found the attributes that made them fit to become citizens of heaven. Why? Because in their ministry for their fellow man was found a unique and perfect blend of unwavering zeal for God and His truth, a willingness to bear straight and unpopular testimony of reproof with no regard for themselves or their safety, while at the same time possessing a love for the sinners that perfectly reflected that of our Savior.
Many of us may have some of these qualities but in order to be of use to God, we must through His power and grace have them all. If we say we have the love of God for sinners but refuse to speak plain truths to warn them of their peril, our silence declares otherwise and bears testimony that we have no zeal or love for God or His people. If we bear a message of reproof from God but have no self-sacrificing love for those whom we bear the message to, then it is not truly given from a zeal and love for God. How can we say we love God if we refuse to love those for whom He died?
In Moses and Elijah’s blend of zeal, loyalty and Christ like love, they became the only ones uniquely qualified to bring comfort and hope to Christ when His hour of trial was coming upon him.
“Bearing the weakness of humanity, and burdened with its sorrow and sin, Jesus walked alone in the midst of men. As the darkness of the coming trial pressed upon Him, He was in loneliness of spirit, in a world that knew Him not. Even His loved disciples, absorbed in their own doubt and sorrow and ambitious hopes, had not comprehended the mystery of His mission. He had dwelt amid the love and fellowship of heaven; but in the world that He had created, He was in solitude. Now heaven had sent its messengers to Jesus; not angels, but men who had endured suffering and sorrow, and who could sympathize with the Saviour in the trial of His earthly life. Moses and Elijah had been colaborers with Christ. They had shared His longing for the salvation of men. Moses had pleaded for Israel: "Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written." Exodus 32:32. Elijah had known loneliness of spirit, as for three years and a half of famine he had borne the burden of the nation's hatred and its woe. Alone he had stood for God upon Mount Carmel. Alone he had fled to the desert in anguish and despair. These men, chosen above every angel around the throne, had come to commune with Jesus concerning the scenes of His suffering, and to comfort Him with the assurance of the sympathy of heaven. The hope of the world, the salvation of every human being, was the burden of their interview. (DA 422)
Just as these men brought hope to Christ in His time of trial, we must bring this hope to those who must take up their crosses and follow Christ. Only reproof that is conceived and delivered in Christ like love can we hope to direct the mind back to the Father and Son.
Reader, turn your eyes upon Jesus that He may present you faultless to your heavenly Father. You may now find yourself in one of several camps so consider what this message has been saying to you.
If you are standing on Mount Carmel as one of Israel who has been deceived into worshipping Baal as seen in the trinity doctrine or any other belief that denies Jesus as the true and actual Son of God, choose this day to serve the only true God and Jesus Christ His Son. Turn away from spiritual Baal worship and live. “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” (Ezekiel 18:30-32)
If you feel that you love God and have accepted Christ as His only true and begotten Son, but are not sharing or witnessing for fear of what the king (church leaders) or the people might think or do, repent and bear the Elijah message faithfully. “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.” (Ezekiel 3:17-19)
“What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell ... Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:27-34)
Finally, if you have accepted the truth of the Father and Son and are sharing the truth with zeal, be honest with yourself and ask yourself whether you love those whom you reprove like Moses or Christ would love them. If not, pray fervently and allow the love of God to fill your heart for these lost souls. “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;” (1Corithians 13:1-6)
In the heart of the redeemed will be found the two principles of duty & justice balanced with love & mercy. They are the principles of our salvation. It was this balance that Moses and Elijah brought from heaven to encourage and strengthen Christ for his final events before Calvary. In vision, “John saw the mercy, the tenderness, and the love of God blending with His holiness, justice, and power. He saw sinners finding a Father in Him of whom their sins had made them afraid. And looking beyond the culmination of the great conflict, he beheld upon Zion "them that had gotten the victory . . . stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God," and singing "the song of Moses" and the Lamb.” (AA 589)
“Songs as Prophecy--The more deeply to impress these truths [In Moses' farewell speech to the children of Israel, he set before them the results of obedience versus disobedience, a choice between life and death.] upon all minds, the great leader embodied them in sacred verse. This song was not only historical, but prophetic. While it recounted the wonderful dealings of God with His people in the past, it also foreshadowed the great events of the future, the final victory of the faithful when Christ shall come the second time in power and glory.” (PP 467)
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” (1John 1:1-3)
May we all sing the Song of Moses and the Lamb as we work in our Fathers vineyard, especially in bearing the Elijah message! Blessings!