What would you do?
For the last few years, you have been breaking your back for these people. You have done nothing but help them.
You helped them get out of slavery. You helped them survive an attack from several rival armies. You helped them find food in the desert. You helped them become a “people” with an identity and a purpose.
Not once have you asked for anything in return.
And suddenly, they all turn on you. They start accusing you of a whole host of things you have not done.
“You have gone too far! . . . you exalt yourself above the assembly of the LORD?”
“It is clear you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey.”
“You have killed the people of the LORD!”
What would you do?
I’m not sure what I would do, but it probably wouldn’t be what Moses did.
Falling On Your Face
In Numbers 16, each time something terrible looks like it is about to happen, Moses falls on his face. Either this is hilarious, or deeply significant. I’m going with the second choice.
Falling on your face is an act of intense pleading, beseeching, or begging.
The first time he does it to Korah, the source of the complaining and accusations. As if to say, “don’t do this! You don’t know what you are getting yourself into.”
The second time is to God. He begs for God to spare the people. “Shall one person sin and you become angry with the whole congregation?”
The third is again to God. And again when God is about to do some serious “wrath-ing.”
Korah doesn’t listen, but God does and countless lives are saved.
Loving His Enemies
Moses continues to get blamed for things God does. (That deserves a book all by itself!) Anyway, the final straw for the people is after God destroys Korah’s rebellious posse. They accuse Moses of murder.
God makes it clear that some serious s*** is about to go down.
I wouldn’t blame Moses for a second if he had just held tight and waited for them all to die, but that’s not what he did.
He ordered Aaron to run out and make atonement for the people; the very same people who had been accusing him.
What is wrong with this guy?!
These people owe him everything and show their thanks by demanding his head on a plate. And all he does is fight for them.
He falls on his face. He pleads. He begs. He argues on their behalf.
And God listens. God limits his wrath because one man begged him to.
Apparently a person’s love and commitment to another person or group of people can effect the way God interacts with them.
What would it take for you to fall on your face and plead for your “enemies?”