Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Plague

Numbers 16:46-48

KJV:  "And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.

And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.

And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed."

NLT:  "And Moses said to Aaron, “Quick, take an incense burner and place burning coals on it from the altar. Lay incense on it, and carry it out among the people to purify them and make them right with the Lord.  The Lord’s anger is blazing against them—the plague has already begun.”

Aaron did as Moses told him and ran out among the people. The plague had already begun to strike down the people, but Aaron burned the incense and purified[b] the people.  He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague stopped."

While reading the above verses this morning, I was struck by them. 

Moses was a prototype of Christ.  He had Aaron run out amongst the people to purify them, to basically save them from God's wrath... the deadly plague.

I love this verse, "He stood between the dead and the living..."  This is what Jesus Christ did for us.  The blood that He shed covers us from the wrath of God.  Which means like Aaron, we also stand between the dead and the living to this lost and dying generation. 

I'm sure you all keeping up with the news... between the earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, famines, wars, that are unfolding worldwide. And now, the alarming radiation situation in Japan... reminds me of a plague.  

I seriously believe we are living in the last days and now more than ever we are to be His faithful witnesses.  We need to spread the Good News of salvation. We need to be beckons of light in this dark world, as we don't know the day nor the hour of Christ's return. (Mark 13:32).

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