DEVOTIONAL – SEP 13
FATHER FORGIVE THEM
Leslie M. John
“I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word” (John 17:6)
The intercessory prayer recorded in John Chapter 17 is indeed great. There are few similarities seen in the intercessory prayers of Moses and Lord Jesus Christ, yet Moses was human and Lord Jesus Christ is the “Son of God”.
Moses was son of Hebrew Parents, of the tribe of Levi. He chose a life of hardship in order to save God’s chosen people, his own kinsmen, Israelites. Moses escaped the wrath of Pharaoh, when he chose to rescue his brethren. His life span lasted for 120 years, divided in to forty equal parts of very fruitful years. First set of forty years were of his growth from his childhood to an young man, second set of forty years constituted his earthly life, third set of forty years forty years were dedicated by him for the deliverance of his own brethren, from the bondage of slavery under Pharaoh, and led them to the Promised land of Canaan. He became leader after eighty years and spent forty years of fruitful years as a leader; nevertheless he once took his own decision outside the will of God resulting in being denied to enter into the Promised Land.
“Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel. Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel” (Deuteronomy 32:51-52)
It was to enter the promised land of Canaan, which was denied to him, because of his choice of making his own will prevail upon God’s will. God wrote the Ten Commandments on two tablets with his own finger and gave to Moses to deliver them to the children of Israel but when he came down from Mount Sinai after having direct conversation with God he saw the children of God worshipping idols of manmade gods. Moses got furious and broke down the tablets containing the Ten Commandments. Once he struck the rock to fetch water at “Horeb” according to God’s will but next time in order to fetch water in the wilderness of Zin, he took his own decision of striking the rock instead of speaking to it (Ref: Numbers 20:8, 11)
God gave him second time, the same Ten Commandments, which he preserved in the ‘Tabernacle’. Moses wrote Torah, which constituted the five books, namely, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Moses died a natural death.
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:12-15)
Lord Jesus Christ was the ‘Lamb of God’ as John the Baptist pointed in John 1:36 and he was without any blemish (Ephesians 5:27, 1 Peter 1:19) and He was without any sin (Hebrews 4:15) and yet it pleased the Father to bruise Him for our sins (Isaiah 53:10) and was made to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Lord Jesus Christ prayed for forgiveness of the very people who were crucifying him and He forgives the sins of everyone who confesses his sins to Him..
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots” (Luke 23:34)