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26th November 2011, hej

 

3) Moses

Moses is so great he speaks to Yahweh face to face. He is a mediator for his people and speaks on their behalf to Yahweh. Moses records his prayer for deliverance, saying to the Israelites that he fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, because the LORD had said he would destroy them. His prayer was:

O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob;
look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin:
Lest the land whence thou brought us out say, Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he has brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.
Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mighty power and by thy stretched out arm. (Deu 9:25-29 KJV)

Moses also has left a prayer that was so great it became a Psalm: <A Prayer of Moses the man of God.> It is a prayer of a mediator, describing the work of a greater mediator, in the people of the earth.

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Thou turn man to destruction; and say, Return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourishes, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withers.
For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Who knows the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. (Psalm 90:1-17)



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