每日诗歌: 主禱文 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEplqV0scyo)
这是显示真正勇气的时侯。摩西“站在破口使衪的忿怒转消，恐怕衪就灭绝他们”（诗106:23）。这位在神和衪的百姓之间的调停人迎头面对如此灾祸，他俯伏在神面前四十个昼夜为以色列人代祷（申9:18）。最后, 神转意。因着摩西，以色列人没有被灭绝。但更重要的是, 通过摩西，神的救赎计划仍继续进行。
Exodus 31 [Read]
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Exodus 33 [Read]
Matthew 22:23-46 [Read]
In August 29, 2005, many watched on TV the horrifying picture of water flooding into the city of New Orleans due to the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. Over 50 breaches of flood wall and levee were reported. As a result, over 80% of the city was under water. Many became homeless and the entire city was paralyzed. But we also witnessed great kindness and courage afterwards, for many went down to the city from all over the world to join the rebuilding process.
In today’s OT reading, we also saw a great breach. After Moses went into Mt Sinai for many days without returning, the Israelites grew impatient. It was not because of lacking food or water, but they grew anxious for their future in the wilderness. “Who is going to lead the way if Moses does not return?” They demanded something they could see, and Aaron gave in and cast a golden calf for them. This was against the 2nd commandment (20:4). The breach happened, and the wrath of God was about to come down unto the Israelites.
This was the time when true courage was shown. Moses “stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them” (Ps 106:23). The mediator between God and his people took the catastrophe head on, and he fell before God for 40 days and 40 nights to intercede for the Israelites (Deut 9:18). Finally, God relented. Through Moses, the Israelites were spared of their lives. But more importantly, through him God’s salvation plan continued.
Golden calf was a major breach, and it required a chosen servant of God to save it. Not all of us were called for that kind of task, but all of us are called to intercede for others when small breaches occur. All battles are spiritual battles, and all breaches need to be mended with spiritual cement, which is our prayer before the Lord. During unsettling time of a church, we need people to have the courage to stand in the breach, large or small, and mend the wall with your spiritual cement. Only when that happens, the levee can stand against the violent weather.
Be a prayer warrior today, and be the one stand in the breach today.
The daily hymn today is one of the most beautiful and inspiring songs I have ever heard, and such beautiful music was delivered by a blind artist. Although he cannot see, every listener can feel the power when he sings the climactic ending of “for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen!” Today, allow yourself be immersed in this magnificent work of God.
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