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THE REAL REASON FOR REVIVAL: THE HONOR OF THE CHURCH
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin...
The second real reason for revival—and it must always come in the second place, never in the first—is a concern about the honor of the church itself. In Exodus 33 there is nothing more wonderful than the way in which Moses shows his concern for...the nation of Israel. God had been giving Moses some wonderful intimations of His loving interest in him, but Moses is not content with that. Moses does not merely seek personal blessings. He wants to make sure that the children of Israel, as a whole, are going to be involved in this blessing.
He is given again a wonderful example of that in Exodus 32, one of the most glorious passages in the Old Testament. “And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin. And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet....” It is as if he breaks down and cannot speak any longer. He is in great agony of soul. “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—...” He pauses and then he is able to speak: “and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written” (Exodus 32:30-32). “I do not want to go on living,” he says in essence, “if You are not going to include them in the blessing.”
God had said, “I am going to blot out this people—I am going to make a nation out of you.”
“No,” says Moses, “blot me out as well. I do not want to go on without them.”
Oh, this is true intercession [needed by those] concerned about the state of the whole church.
A Thought to Ponder
The second real reason for revival is a concern about the honor of the church itself.
From Revival, pp. 191-192.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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