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Moses was in the Presence of the Glory of God 

Deut. 9:9 and 18

This message is a call to intercession. Moses had two periods of 40 days and 40 nights with no bread and no water. He lay prostrate before the Lord. The ministry of intercession is not just for women, it's for every Christian.

There are many men as well as women of God in the bible who interceded for the people. Abraham pleaded with God at Sodom and his nephew Lot was saved together with his two daughters, Gen.19:29. Nehemiah wept, fasted and prayed before the Lord on behalf of the people of Israel, even confessing their sin, Neh.1:1-10. Esther risked her life by approaching the king, pleading for her people and the Jewish nation was saved, Esther 7:1-6.

During Moses' first period of 40 days and 40 nights on the mountain, God gave him his commandments. But when Moses came down from the mountain, he saw the people's sin - they had made a golden idol in the shape of a calf.

How quickly people turn away from the Lord into sin. How often people take their eyes off Jesus. When did you last go up the mountain? If we stayed longer on the mountain, perhaps we wouldn't go into the valley.

What does the valley represent? Sin. We lower ourselves, take matters into our own hands and lose our dependence on God. We lose our relationship with him, we lose our intimacy with him. This leads to us losing our joy, our peace and we return to striving. This is what happened to the Israelites. They took matters into their own hands and very quickly forgot how God had miraculously delivered them from the hands of the Egyptians.

Not only was Moses distressed to see the sinful condition of the Israelites, he was robbed of his blessing - that precious time he'd spent in God's presence. Our sin affects not just us but other people.

But Moses went straight back up the mountain and lay prostrate before God for a second period of 40 days and 40 nights. He interceded for the people who'd sinned. Gen.9:25-27 shows us how Moses pleaded with God for the people. His intercession was not for himself, it was for others. What does that tell us about our intercession? We can fall prostrate before the Lord and cry out for others, for our families and friends who don't know Jesus or who have walked away from him, for our churches, for our nation.

What does it tell us about Jesus' intercession for us - scripture tells us he intercedes for us continually, Heb.7:24-25. Even though we sin, even though we disobey, even though we forget him sometimes in our busy lives, he still intercedes for us because of his great love for us. The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, intercedes for us; my Jesus, my Saviour, intercedes for me, for you, continually, before his Father in heaven.

God hears our prayers, he hears the cry of our hearts. He wants to bless us. He wants us to spend time with him - that's when he speaks to us, gives us guidance and direction.

How vital it is that we abide in God's presence. If we spent more time in his presence, then maybe we would spend less time striving, struggling and worrying. Then maybe we wouldn't go into the valley, or into sin.

Let us, like Moses, spend precious time with our God. When he came down from the mountain, Moses' face shone with the glory of God - people knew he'd been in God's presence. I wonder if my face shines when I've been in God's presence?

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