He ran amongst the people and stopped the plague!


I keep getting this image, that our job is to take the truths I have outlined in this book and to run amongst the people, making atonement for them, stopping the plague…

Num 16:43-45 And Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Get away from the midst of this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” And they fell on their faces.

Let’s not underestimate what has just been said to Moses by the Lord! Now is a good time to consider WWJD? What Would Jesus Do?

Well… we know what He did, on the cross He took our sins and this enabled Him to be able to say “Father forgive them”… so we know what Jesus did. God said “get away from the people”, so what did Moses and Aaron do? They ran INTO the midst of the people…

Num 16:46-47 And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the LORD; the plague has begun.” So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people. And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.

Num 16:48-49 And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped. Now those who died in the plague were 14,700, besides those who died in the affair of Korah.

I truly believe this is what we believers are called to do, because this is what Jesus Christ did on the cross. He ran amongst the people with fire and incense and He made atonement for us all. Moses and Aaron simply forshadowed (they were a “type”) that explains what Jesus Christ came to do.

Because of a lack of faith, people struggle to see and accept the truth about Jesus Christ for themselves, so we are to run amongst them. Our hope is always that they will see His goodness and repent and accept what He has done for them. But until they realize, we need to run amongst them, warding off the evil that threatens this world, stopping the plague. How? It is our faith that overcomes the evil of this world.

How do we run amongst them? Worship is good, but the NT says that believers are called to do something. We are called to “make known to rulers and authorities”…

…so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. – Eph 3:8-10

Making the truth known to the rulers and authorities is simply intercession…

Isa 59:16 He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede

We followers and believers (the church) must run amongst the people, being salt and light, bringing reconciliation and transformation! It is a most wonderful role, a very wonderful position to be offered and for the sake of community around us which is suffering plagues, we must be bold enough to accept it.

When Moses and Aaron ran amongst the people, the people were not in right standing with God. It reminds me of the state that Israel was in during Isaiah’s time. And yet the bible clearly says that Jesus Christ died for Isaiah’s people – unbelievers, rebels and worse.

Isa 53:8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?

Moses and Aaron ran amongst the people making atonement for them as a sign pointing towards Jesus Christ. And then Jesus Christ came and died not only for Isaiah’s rebellious people, but He atoned for all rebellious people.

Clearly atonement can be made for an ignorant people who are in danger, Moses and Aaron did it and Jesus Christ did too. He died in our place and made atonement – reconciliation – for us…

and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. – Col 1:20

that is, in Christ God was reconciling the (kosmos) world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. – 2Co 5:19

What is it you can be praying for which will stop the plague? Let’s consider Heb 10:12-18, which I will break up into three parts…

Heb 10:12-14 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

Twice it is made clear that there was a single offering for all time and for all sins. It simply couldnt be clearer that this work is complete and covers all people. Not everyone accepts His sacrifice and that is unfortunate for them… but it nevertheless remains true that He has run amongst us making atonement for us.

Then He sat down. He had finished His work. There was nothing more to be done. This is what He said about Himself, what He had come to do…

Mat 5:17-18 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

His words about Himself are that He has come to complete and fulfill what the law and the prophets wrote about the Christ who was to come. It is impossible to imagine that He didn’t then fulfill all the promises. It’s a denial of His own words to have a faith that says that He will complete the promises in a future time. If there was something that the prophets said He would do, then we can rest assured that He did do it.

So you can run amongst the people with this truth, that Jesus Christ on His cross has paid for all sins.

Heb 10:15-17 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

And that scripture confirms that Jesus Christ – by taking all sins – fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:33 saying that God will no longer remember our sins. You can run amongst the people with this truth, that when Jesus Christ on His cross paid for all sins, God fulfilled His promise to no longer remember our sins.

Heb 10:18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

And this final verse wraps it all up, increasing the clarity of what He has done. You can run amongst the people with this truth, that because Jesus Christ on His cross has paid for all sins, that the enemy can no longer claim – under the law – that there is a payment to be made for sin.

How can he extract a payment on the cross and then  extract another payment from you and me and from everyone else as well? Everyone’s sins have been paid for, he needs no further payment. He must not be allowed to extract a second payment for what he has already received payment for!

A full reconciliation has been made by Jesus Christ spiritually running amongst us, stopping the plague of sin and death. With one single fully payment for all time, the enemy has  no further payment required, no further claim on us, he has no further legal permission to send plague amongst the people. That is my faith in Jesus Christ on the cross. What is yours?

God told Moses to depart from the midst of the people because God was about to destroy them. What did Moses do? He ran into the midst of the people and saved them from the plague that was consuming then. We Christians, believers and followers know that the whole world is suffering a plague of death and we know it is caused by our sin and stubbornness. What will you do? Will you run into the midst of the people and believe that Jesus Christ made atonement for the people, stopping the plague of sin and death?

Through intercession, we “make known to the rulers and authorities in heavenly places” that no further payment of death can be extracted from the people for non-compliance with God’s law.

You can “make known” that death is anulled and the one who had the power of death is destroyed. Go ahead and make known to them that they are disarmed, the work of the devil is destroyed and that God has reconciled everything in Heaven and on Earth to Himself through the one perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross…

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— Heb 2:14

and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. – Col 1:20

He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. – Col 2:15

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. – 1 John 3:8

but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. – 2 Tim 1:10

Praise God, thank You Jesus! I know for certain that the plague is stopping and will be stopped – because He stopped it on His cross.

Taken from…

ms_word_iconBook: If My people (v33!) (1.1MB) – A free daily devotional which is under development. +-150 pages.

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