Moses prayed to God as his first option when there was trouble. He prayed immediately, sometimes just falling down before the Lord. He did not wait to see what he could do about the problem himself. He prayed sooner rather than later. “When Moses heard this, he fell face down.” Numbers 16:4
Moses often interceded for the Israelites when they had done wrong, asking God to have mercy on them. “Then Moses and Aaron fell face down in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there.”
Moses protected God’s reputation in the world. When the Israelites were rebellious, Moses reminded God that others were watching the progress of the Israelites, whom God was leading. “If you put these people to death all at one time, the nations who have heard this report about you will say, ‘The Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath so he slaughtered them in the desert.’”
Moses prayed immediately, he did not delay as I sometimes do. What a difference it makes in my life when I go to God first, rather than as a last resort.
Moses knew God. He sang this song of praise to God, “I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” Deuteronomy 32:3-4
A recent Bible study on Moses helped me to see the succession of sacrificial atonement from Genesis to Jesus. The animal sacrifices of the Old Testament all pointed to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ to cover the sins of the world.
The Lord God provided the first animal sacrifice following Adam and Eve’s sin of disobedience in the garden. They tried to cover their sin with fig leaves, but could not. The Lord God provided the animal skins for their clothing.
“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21
Later in Egypt, an animal died for each Israelite family, when the blood of a lamb was placed on the doorpost of each household and the family was passed over from death.
“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.“ Exodus 12:13
Then an animal died for the sins of the nation of Israel. Aaron, the high priest, was to transfer the sins of the Israelites to the goat, each year on the day of atonement, to make the people clean before God.
“He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites – all their sins – and put them on the goat’s head.” Leviticus 16:21
And finally, Jesus died for all.
“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15
Jesus is the way to the Almighty God, the Creator of heaven and earth. Since the beginning, people have tried to hide from God’s wrath and earn God’s favor and mercy, but could not, and we still cannot today. God provided it all through His Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6