Standing Between the Dead and the Living

And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

Numbers 16:48

In this chapter of Numbers, the Israelites are having some trouble figuring out who they should be following and listening to.  This is the chapter in which the Earth opens up and swallows Korah and everyone and everything associated with him.  God is not happy because the Israelites are questioning Him and not obeying Him.  Twice He tells Moses to stand back and let Him destroy the people. Verse 21 says “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment” and verse 45 says “Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment”.  God wants Moses to get out of the way and let Him destroy the people.

In verse 46, Moses tells Aaron to “…go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the Lord; the plague is begun”.  And that brings us to verse 48 where we find Aaron standing “between the dead and the living”.  When you think about it, that is exactly what we do today.  As Christians, we stand between the dead and the living every day.  We live in a dead and dying world every day but we have life and we know who can give life. 

We cannot “make an atonement” as Aaron did in verse 46, but we can “go quickly unto the congregation” and tell people of the One who has “made an atonement”.  The plague has started- sin is the plague and it is killing people all around us.  We should be willing to go quickly and tell the people who are dying about the atonement that has been made for them.  We are the only ones on Earth standing between the living and the dead.  May we have the attitude of Moses and Aaron and be willing to go quickly and help the people who are dying because of the plague of sin!

3 responses to this post.

  1. I have a dear, wise friend who calls this standing in the gap. Sometimes we stand in the gap between the living and the dead with our prayers, but sometimes we actually have to speak. That is the harder part for me. It’s easy for me to write in my blog about our need for our Savior to atone for our sins and take us from the land of the dead to the land of the living. It is much harder on a one-on-one basis when I know someone who does not yet know Him.

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  2. “May the Lamb that was slain, receive the reward of His suffering… This is the reason for being” – Paris Reidhead

    Paul says “I have a desire to depart, but to stay is needful” – We aren’t here to wait around! The creator God has a job for us to do! Let us all seek to do His will for His glory by His own grace and strength. Stay close to Jesus bro. 🙂

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  3. Posted by Rhaphe on January 15, 2011 at 5:10 am

    We have what it takes to save lives and we should. We understand by revelation that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the Living God and this is the rock on which the church is built which the gates of hell (death) cannot prevail against. “Go ye therefore” is His command. We’ve sat long enough in our chapel buildings. God bless you so much for this 🙂

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