Summary: God's work goes on and will use another.
A. EVERY REBEL NEEDS AN INTERCESSOR: NUMBERS 14:1-45
1. To stand before God. “I sought for a man to . . . stand in the gap before me” (Ex. 22:30).
2. Who do you know that rebels against God? _________________.
3. The issue with Israel was a rebellious heart that motivated them to constantly reject God’s effort. “God counted! ‘Israel had put Me to the test now these ten times’” (14:22).
4. Moses was the one who was hurt the most.
a. Complained to Moses, “We wish we had died in Egypt” (14:28, NLT).
b. Blamed Moses. “A great chorus of complaint against Moses (14:1, NLT).
c. Rejected Moses. “Let us make a captain . . . return to Egypt” (14:4).
d. Tried to kill them. “Talked about stoning” (14:10).
5. What was Moses’ immediate reaction?
a. Not retaliates.
b. Answer back.
c. Pray. “Moses and Aaron fell on their faces” (14:5).
B. GOD’S REACTION
1. God is surprised at our rebellion. “How long will these people reject me” (14:11).
2. The Holy (judgmental) nature of God. “I . . . will destroy them” (14:12).
3. God wants our faith. “How long will it be ere they believe me?” (14:11).
4. God’s work goes on, so He will use another. “I will disown them . . . I will make you into a nation far greater” (14:14).
C. THE BASIS OF INTERCESSION
1. Plead God’s reputation. “Then the Egyptians shall hear” (14:13). “They will tell . . . the Lord not able to bring them into the land” (14:16, NLT).
2. Plead what the unsaved know of God.
a. God delivered. “They know full well the power you displayed in rescuing your people” (14:13, NLT).
b. God revealed. “You have appeared to your people face to face” (14:14, NLT).
c. God led, “You go before them” (14:14, NLT).
3. Plead God’s ability. “Let the power of my Lord be great” (14:17).
4. Plead God’s love. “The Lord is slow to anger, and rich in unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion” (14:17, NLT).
5. Ask God to forgive their sin. Please pardon the sins of this people” (14:19, NLT).
D. THE RESULT OF MOSES’ INTERCESSION
1. God forgives their sin, (judicial guilt). “I have pardoned according to your word” (14:20).
2. They must suffer the consequences of their sins (personal guilt). “They certainly will not see the land” (14:23).
3. God ties the punishment of consequences to the act of rebellion. “Nor shall any of these who reject me” (14:23).
4. God ties the delivery of His verdict to their sin. “Just as you have spoken in my hearing, I will do to you” (14:28).
Just as the words of our mouth get us in trouble, so our words move mountains (Mark 11:23).
5. The blessing of punishment of God. Life. “You will wander 40 years. Death. “Your carcasses will fall in the desert” (14:29).
6. God is glorified in punishment and reward. “As I truly live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord” (14:21).