Leslie M. John
At the Golden Altar the incense was offered. They were the prayers from the designated priests on behalf of the people to the Lord. We see great prayers and intercessions by two individuals in Scriptures. While Moses intervened on behalf of the children of Israel, we have Lord Jesus Christ intervening not only for those who killed him but also for his disciples.
When Moses and Aaron went into the Tabernacle and came out and blessed the people the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people
“And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people”. (Leviticus 9:23)
The consuming of the burnt offering and the fat upon the altar is a sign of acceptance of the Offering by the Lord. When people saw this they shouted and fell on their faces.
“And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces”. (Leviticus 9:24)
THE INTERCESSION OF MOSES
It was consoling and so comforting to Israel that Moses chose to intercede on their behalf, because just a little while ago Moses was very much displeased with them when they made an idol and worshipped it. When Moses returned from the mount Sinai with two tablets written on them with the finger of God, the Ten Commandments, he saw Aaron and the children of Israel had made a calf of gold and were worshipping it. They even went to the extent of stripping themselves and worshiping the idol in their nakedness (Exodus 32:25)
Moses was very angry to look at that situation and ordered that whoever was on the Lord’s side may gather on his side. The sons of Levi joined him. Moses ordered a great slaughter of their brothers and companions. The children of Levi obeyed him and there fell three thousand men. Then Moses asked them to consecrate themselves to the LORD that He may bless them. On the next morning, Moses said to them that they sinned greatly and, therefore, he decided to return to the LORD to make atonement for their sins.
Just as he said, Moses returned to the LORD and said to HIM that the children of Israel sinned greatly, but they should be forgiven of their sins. Moses, being their leader, offered that the LORD may blot out his name from the book of life if the LORD was so angry at them that He can not forgive their sins.
Every intercession of Moses was so powerful mediation that the LORD had mercy on Israel time and again and showed his love for the children of Israel. The LORD was pleased with Moses and He said to Moses that He will blot out whoever sinned, in due course of time when He visits them, but for now he may return to them and lead them.
The LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made as an idol, for themselves ,. The LORD gave instructions to Moses to move on so that He could fulfill the promise He made and swore unto the Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that He will deliver the children of Israel from all their enemies.
The LORD promised to Moses that He will send an angel before him, and will drive out all the gentile nations — the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jubusites. The
LORD called the children of Israel as “stiff necked people” (Exodus 33:3).
THE INTERCESSORY PRAYER OF LORD JESUS CHRIST
Lord Jesus Christ’s intercessory prayer was greater than that of Moses. Lord Jesus Christ lifted up His eyes as He prayed in Gethsemane, and invoked the love of the Father in heaven, and sought help from Him to be always with His disciples. Just before He was crucified He prayed to the Father in Heaven that He had finished the work that He had embarked upon to finish in this world.
Jesus glorified Him and prayed that just as He had glorified the Father in heaven, He may be glorified with the glory that He had with Him even before the world was. Jesus prayed for his disciples and then for every one. It is that prayer that brought us under the tender care of the Father in heaven. Jesus prayed that not only His disciples need to be protected but all those, who believed on the word through them, need to be protected.
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word”. (John 17:20)
Therefore, it becomes mandatory on the part of believers in Christ to have intercessory prayers and invoke help, guidance, and protection from our God through His Son Jesus Christ.