So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people. Numbers 21:7
Sin is what separates people from God. In order for us to be brought back into the presence of God, we need an intercessor. Moses interceded on behalf of the Israelites. During this story, because the Israelites continued to rebel and sin against God, he punished them with poisonous snakes. After the Israelites repented of their sins, Moses interceded for them for God to forgive them
We seen this at Mt Sinai also, when the Israelites created a Gold Calf to worship, God was obviously furious and wanted to wipe them all out. However Moses interceded for the Israelites that were still righteous and God forgave them.
So how and why can Moses intercede for the Israelites? Because Moses is a shadow of Christ to come!
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 1 Timothy 2:5
The Apostle Paul teaches us that Jesus is the mediator between us and God. The original Greek word for Mediator is “mesites” meaning reconciler or go between. Even though “Mediator” and “Intercessor” don’t mean exactly the same thing, it’s the same concept. Christ has mediated between us and God.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; Romans 8:26
Here we see the Holy Spirit interceded for us to speak to God when we don’t know what to say. Again we see the Holy Spirit intercedes between us and God. Just as Moses was a foreshadow of Christ to come, the Holy Spirit completes us through sanctification Amen!