I have just spent three books reading about Moses as the leader of the children of Israel. At the end of Deuteronomy, he was 120 years old. He had three sets of 40 years. The last 40 was about the exodus of the children of Israel. The number of men, 20 years and above, was an army of 603,550.
However, when Moses sent 12 spies into the promised land, 10 came back with a bad report. Numbers 14:36-37 says, “Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made ALL the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land, those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord.”
Verse 33 was God’s pronouncement on all those who were the original 603,550. It says, “And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness.”
The children of Israel were on the edge of going into the promised land. They forfeited it because of their complaining. The result was wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.
Moses endured a lot of flak as he led the children of Israel through the wilderness. In Numbers 14 the Lord was ready to wipe everyone out and start all over with just Moses. Verses 19-20 are the results of Moses’ intercession.
They say, “Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. Then the Lord said: I have pardoned, according to your word.”
That was then, this is now. It is our time to intercede for our nation and the nations of the world. Complaining displeases the Lord (Numbers 11:1). Intentional intercession is the call of the day. We, of the nations, are in dire straits. There is only One who can intervene.