Saturday, November 14, 2015
Bible Lesson: Intercessory Prayer: The Levites Of Israel, Interceed For The Peoples Blessings.
Bible Lesson: Intercessory Prayer: The Levites Of Israel, Intercede For The Peoples Blessings.
II Chronicles 30:21-27 NLT
21 So the people of Israel who were present in Jerusalem joyously celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days. Each day the Levites and priests sang to The Lord, accompanied by loud instruments.
22 Hezekiah encouraged all the Levites regarding the skill they displayed as they served The Lord. The celebration continued for seven days. Peace offerings were sacrificed, and the people gave thanks to The Lord, the God of their ancestors.
23 The entire assembly then decided to continue the festival another seven days, so they celebrated joyfully for another week.
24 King Hezekiah gave the people 1,000 bulls and 7,000 sheep and goats for offerings, and the officials donated 1,000 bulls and 10,000 sheep and goats. Meanwhile, many more priests purified themselves.
25 The entire assembly of Judah rejoiced, including the priests, the Levites, all who came from the land of Israel, the foreigners who came to the festival, and all those who lived in Judah.
26 There was great joy in the city, for Jerusalem had not seen a celebration like this one since the days of Solomon, King David’s son.
27 Then the priests and Levites stood and blessed the people, and God heard their prayer from His holy dwelling in heaven.
This is a continuation of last Intercessory Prayer Lesson from II Chronicles 30: NLT.
This pastor for many years, had the great privilege of being in the church called Souls Harbor (Minneapolis, Minnesota), with its Pastor Gordon K. Peterson.
Memory recalls one of his many sayings, which was “It takes a pretty big preacher to shout at another preachers preaching!
Because of a Godly King, King Hezekiah, even the religious leaders, the priests and Levites
21 sang to The Lord, 25 (and) rejoiced.
And the Priest and Levites, stood, interceding for a blessing for God's people.
27 Then the priests and Levites stood and blessed the people,
And with what result?
27 “...and God heard their prayer from His holy dwelling in heaven.
Question: Some may then well ask today, do we need a revival in the pulpit?
Answer: We need a revival from the vestibule to the pulpit!
II Chronicles 7:14 KJV
If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Someone has once wisely stated, “The up, is the way down,” and how true those words.
Psalm 51:16,17 KJV
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Isaiah 57:15 KJV
For thus saith The High And Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Joel 2:12-32 NLT (True for Jew and Gentile.)
(A Call to Repentance.)
12 That is why The Lord says, “Turn to Me now, while there is time. Give Me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
13 Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to The Lord your God, for He is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.
14 Who knows? Perhaps He will give you a reprieve, sending you a blessing instead of this curse. Perhaps you will be able to offer grain and wine to The Lord your God as before.
15 Blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting.
16 Gather all the people— the elders, the children, and even the babies. Call the bridegroom from his quarters and the bride from her private room.
17 Let the priests, who minister in The Lord’s presence, stand and weep between the entry room to the Temple and the altar. Let them pray, “Spare your people, Lord! Don’t let your special possession become an object of mockery. Don’t let them become a joke for unbelieving foreigners who say, ‘Has
The God Of Israel left them?’”
(The Lord’s Promise of Restoration.)
18 Then The Lord will pity His people and jealously guard the honor of His land.
19 The Lord will reply, “Look! I am sending you grain and new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy your needs. You will no longer be an object of mockery among the surrounding nations.
20 I will drive away these armies from the north. I will send them into the parched wastelands. Those in the front will be driven into the Dead Sea, and those at the rear into the Mediterranean. The stench of their rotting bodies will rise over the land.” Surely The Lord has done great things!
21 Don’t be afraid, O land. Be glad now and rejoice, for The Lord has done great things.
22 Don’t be afraid, you animals of the field, for the wilderness pastures will soon be green. The trees will again be filled with fruit; fig trees and grapevines will be loaded down once more.
23 Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in The Lord your God! For the rain He sends demonstrates His faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.
24 The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil.
25 The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.
26 Once again you will have all the food you want, and you will praise The Lord your God, who does these miracles for you. Never again will My people be disgraced.
27 Then you will know that I am among My people Israel, that I am The Lord your God, and there is no other. Never again will My people be disgraced.
(The Lord’s Promise of His Spirit.)
28 “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out My Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.
29 In those days I will pour out My Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.
30 And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth— blood and fire and columns of smoke.
31 The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of The Lord arrives.
32 But everyone who calls on the name of The Lord will be saved, for some on Mount Zion in Jerusalem will escape, just as The Lord has said. These will be among the survivors whom The Lord has called.
Matthew 5:3 KJV
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 20:20-28 KJV
20 Then came to Him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshiping Him, and desiring a certain thing of Him.
21 And He said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto Him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto Him, We are able.
23 And He saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on My right hand, and on My left, is not Mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of My Father.
24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
25 But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
28 Even as The Son Of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Philippians 2:1-11 KJV
1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of
The Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a Servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as A Man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God The Father.
James 4:8-10 KJV
8 Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of The Lord, and He shall lift you up.
Had the people of God, really experienced a real heart felt revival?
Matthew 7:20 KJV
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
II Chronicles 31:1 NLT
When the festival ended, the Israelites who attended went to all the towns of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh, and they smashed all the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherah poles, and removed the pagan shrines and altars. After this, the Israelites returned to their own towns and homes.
Yes, others will know if we experience revival, we will not need to tell them.