Daily Archives: April 15, 2012

Violent weather in the Midwest and how to pray (Deuteronomy 9:19-20)

It interests me the way Scripture, written so long ago, can relate to nowadays.

I was reflecting on the deadly weather in the Midwest and thinking of it in relation to how to pray about it.  A Moses story came to mind.

Moses was up on Mount Sinai for forty days with God, receiving the Ten Commandments.  During the end of the visit God gave Moses a disastrous report about the people he had left behind.

God reported that during the brief absence the Israelites had constructed an idol (golden calf) to worship.  God cannot tolerate other gods.

God told Moses to go away and that He was going to wipe out the Israelites entirely.  God added that He would create a new group of followers with Moses as the starter.  (Sounded to me a bit like what happened during Noah’s time.)

Moses headed back down the mountain, possibly believing that things couldn’t be as the Lord had told him.  But they were……..and what was Moses’ reaction?  (Check Deuteronomy 9)

Moses fell on his face before God fasting for forty days as he interceded for the Israelites.

The interceding worked and the Israelites were spared.  Here is the great Scriptural summary by Moses of the incident.

“I feared the wrath and anger of the Lord.  For God was angry enough with you to destroy you. BUT again God listened to me.  And He was angry enough to destroy Aaron BUT at that time I prayed for him too.”  Deuteronomy 9:19-20

Reconnecting to the weather in the Midwest.  I wanted to pray for those in the area as well as pray for some individuals I know who live in that part of the country.  Moses covered both “bases.”

Moses interceded for the Israelites, in general, and for Aaron specifically.  God answered both prayers.

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