Deuteronomy 9:13-29

Deuteronomy 9:13-29

Furthermore, the Lord said to me, ‘I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stubborn people. Let me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven. And I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’ So I turned and came down from the mountain, and the mountain was burning with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. And I looked, and behold, you had sinned against the Lord your God. You had made yourselves a golden[a] calf. You had turned aside quickly from the way that the Lord had commanded you. So I took hold of the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes. Then I lay prostrate before the Lord as before, forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all the sin that you had committed, in doing what was evil in the sight of the Lord to provoke him to anger. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure that the Lord bore against you, so that he was ready to destroy you. But the Lord listened to me that time also. And the Lord was so angry with Aaron that he was ready to destroy him. And I prayed for Aaron also at the same time. Then I took the sinful thing, the calf that you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it, grinding it very small, until it was as fine as dust. And I threw the dust of it into the brook that ran down from the mountain.

At Taberah also, and at Massah and at Kibroth-hattaavah you provoked the Lord to wrath. And when the Lord sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, ‘Go up and take possession of the land that I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God and did not believe him or obey his voice. You have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you.

So I lay prostrate before the Lord for these forty days and forty nights, because the Lord had said he would destroy you. And I prayed to the Lord, ‘O Lord God, do not destroy your people and your heritage, whom you have redeemed through your greatness, whom you have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Do not regard the stubbornness of this people, or their wickedness or their sin, lest the land from which you brought us say, “Because the Lord was not able to bring them into the land that he promised them, and because he hated them, he has brought them out to put them to death in the wilderness.” For they are your people and your heritage, whom you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.

Our Prayer

Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Blessed are You, O Lord, our God creator of the universe, who brought your people out of bondage by Your great power and by your outstretched arm; continue to redeem and save Your people, Israel, that they may recognize Yeshua as the arm of Your strength whose outstretched arms have brought us out from our bondage to sin and death.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, who does not hide from Your people in their distress but promises that if we “cast our burdens upon You,” You will sustain us. Give ear to our prayers, O Lord, and redeem the bodies and souls of Your saints in safety. We pray especially for Lisa, Pastor Kassouf, Elizabeth, Nancy, Micha, Becky, Dennis, Steve, Jeff, Robert, and Helen.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, who established night and day for the ordering of creation.

Therefore, it is good to declare Your steadfast love in the morning and Your faithfulness by night. Make Your saints glad in Your work, and fill them with zeal to sing for joy, and share the praise of Your love with everyone they meet. Bless all who work to bring the knowledge of Your abounding and steadfast love to the whole world, especially all those who work with the Apple of His Eye. Enable them to faithfully proclaim, Your faithfulness at all times, especially to those most in need of the knowledge of Your love.

All these things we pray in the Holy Name of Yeshua Hamashiach Amen!