Devo Why Tongues Part 12
2 Corinthians 3:7-11 (NIV)
7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
Acts 2:38-41 (NIV)
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Exodus 32:25-29 (NIV)
25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. 26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him. 27 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’” 28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. 29 Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the Lord today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”
This seems obvious to me, but I will explain. Moses came down the mountain with the Ten Commandments and under the law they brought to us death. The Law only made us aware that we were sinners and were guilty. It brought no life to us unless we obeyed it. It was still glorious but it brought us only a fearful expectation of punishment and three thousand fell to their death by sword that day. In contrast on the day of Pentecost after the out pouring of the Holy Spirit, when the word was preached there thousand were given eternal life. The power to give life is in the breathing, speaking, of the Holy Spirit. Tongues release life. If you don’t know how to pray. Pray in the Spirit. (A later lesson) The Spirit giveth life. People must be prayed into the kingdom. Only when Aaron the high Priest put fire from the altar of God into his censer and stood between the living and the dead did the plague stop. (Numbers 16:46-50) The censer represents the prayer of the saints. (Revelation 5:8) You are God’s sensor put God’s fire in you and pray, for you are what stands between the living and the dead. We must pray them into the kingdom through the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane