“But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have declared, ‘The Lord is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations.’ Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.” So the Lord said, “I have pardoned them according to your word; but indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.”Numbers 14:17-21 NASB1995
Moses intercedes for Israel. What is intercession? Or what does it mean to intercede? When a person prays for another is the simple answer. In Ezekiel 22:30, God shows disappointment in not finding any who would intercede and stand in the gap for the land in reference to the wicked in power. (Read the context of Ezekiel 22 and see how it relates to today!)
Moses taught us how to intercede. He reminded God of who God is. He repeated the revelation that God gave Moses of Himself in Exodus 34:6,7. He is merciful, slow to anger… He then asked God to pardon. God’s answer is amazing.
Verse 21, the earth will be filled with the Glory of the Lord. This points to His promise to Abraham that He would bless all families through Abraham’s seed. His seed is Jesus.
We need to repeat back to God what He has revealed to us. He is merciful. He loves the world and all families. He wants to fill the earth with His Glory. He is the King. We need to pray for the world to see His Glory. Pray for the world to be healed. Pray that all nations recognize that Jesus is King.
How is the earth to be filled with the Glory? In Exodus 40:34, the tabernacle was filled with His Glory. In 2 Chronicles 7:1, the temple was filled with the Glory. In Ezekiel chapters 10 and 11 Ezekiel saw the Glory departing. In Ezekiel chapters 40-48, he sees a new temple. The Glory of God fills this temple, chapter 44:4. From this temple flows a river of living water, chapter 47. This is symbolic of Jesus.
The temple in Jesus’s day did not have the Glory of God in it. For the true temple is Jesus Christ Himself. Matthew 1:23, says that He is Immanuel, God with us. John 1:14 tells us that God put on flesh and walked among us. Jesus said that He has living water to give, John 4:14. When prophesying about the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, Jesus makes reference to His Body being the Temple. Moses’s tabernacle and Solomon’s temple were mere shadows of God’s ultimate plan of dwelling with man through the Messiah. Here is the point, the temple houses the Glory of God. On the mount of transfiguration, Jesus revealed His Glory to His disciples, Matthew 17:1-7; Mark 9:2-13.
In John 17:20-24, Jesus prayed for us to be with Him as the Father and Jesus are One. This unity among the Body of Christ horizontally with each other and vertically with Him would cause the world to know that God sent Jesus. It would cause the world to know that God loves the world, John 3:16, and that He is Messiah, the King.
Through our union with Him, we are temples of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 3:16. His Body is the very conduit for His Glory to transform the nations. All nations will turn to Him, Psalm 22:27,28. The Body of Christ should not be looking for a secret escape from earth but to be the Church she was recreated in Christ Jesus to be! Greater is He that is within you than he is that is in the world. 1 John 4:4. The earth is the Lord’s, Psalms 24:1. The humble inherit the earth, Matthew 5:5. This place does not belong to anyone but God, and His Son Jesus Christ has all authority in heaven and in the earth. Matthew 28:18.
We must intercede for our neighbors, cities, counties, states and nations. We must pray for our government officials. All of them. Pray for God to shake the heavens, once more and fill the earth with His Glory.