Intercessors and Mediators
Now we will see what the scriptures have to say about Intercessors and Mediators
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 59: 1, 2 “Look, the hand of Yahuah has not become too short to save, nor His ear too heavy to hear, but your crookednesses have separated you from your Elohim. And your sins have hidden His face from you, from hearing”.
Sin separates us from Elohim. The sacrifice of Yahusha for us restores us to be able to contact Yahuah, therefore through our perfect Mediator we are heard.
Yeshayahu 59: 15, 16 “And the truth is lacking, and whoever turns away from evil makes himself a prey. And Yahuah saw, and it displeased Him that there was no right ruling. And He saw that there was no man, and was astonished that there was no intercessor, so His own arm saved for Him, and His righteousness upheld him”.
In these verses Yahuah Himself is the intercessor for man as He saw that there was no one to intercede on their behalf.
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 7: 15, 16 “And I shall cast you out of My presence, as I have cast out all your brothers, all the seed of Ephrayim. And you, do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry of prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me, for I do not hear you”.
In verse 16 Yahuah’s own words to Yirmeyahu show the difference between prayer and intercession when He says not to pray for this people, not to lift up a cry of distress for them and not to make intercession as a mediator. The people had to cease from their idolatry before He would listen to the prophet interceding for them.
Here the wrath of Yahuah burned against the people as they made their offerings to false gods and indulged in pagan practices, therefore any interceding on their behalf by Yirmeyahu was in vain. Indeed, Yahuah said to Yirmeyahu “I do not hear you”. Surely this is a warning to those people who in these days, keep up their pagan/christian practices such as the observance of pagan feasts while they ignore and even speak against observing the Feasts of Yahuah. Many such people when warned of the coming judgment on such pagan practices blithely say “He does not care what we do”. We say “Fear His judgment while there is still time to repent”.
Yirmeyahu 15: 11 -
Here we see that Yahuah interceded for Yisrael in former times of trouble such as the deliverance from Mitsrayim (Egypt) but was refusing them now because of their disobedience.
Shemoth (Exodus) 32: 31, 32 And Moses returned to Yahuah and said, “Oh, these people have sinned a great sin, and have made for themselves a mighty one of gold! And now, if You would forgive their sin, but if not, please blot me out of Your book which You have written”.
In this case, Moses pleaded with Yahuah for Him to forgive the people for their great sin of idolatry, but Yahuah chose to not forgive them and indeed, later he destroyed those who had sinned in that way.
Bereshith (Gen) 18: 23 -
26, 27 And Yahuah said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I shall spare all the place for their sakes”. And Abraham answered and said, “Look please, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to Yahuah”.
Abraham pleaded the number down to ten in verse 32
32, 33 And he said “Let not Yahuah be displeased, and let me speak only this time; suppose there are found ten”? And He said, “I would not destroy it for the sake of ten”. Then Yahuah went away as soon as He had ended speaking to Abraham.
Abraham obviously accomplished the role of mediator in securing a promise from Yahuah that He would spare Sodom for ten righteous people. There were not ten righteous to be found as immediately Lot and his family had left the city it was destroyed by intense fire.
It is sometimes assumed that to be an Intercessor is one of the gifts of the Spirit but it is not, as this role belongs to Yahusha alone. In assemblies where a person is appointed to the role and title of Intercessor, such a one would be elevated above the other people as having special access to Yahuah which the others do not have. Also it denies the right of any person to directly access the Father which was one of the benefits given by Yahuah to anyone who receives the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). We now have direct access through the Spirit to the Father and Yahusha our Messiah is beside Him interceding for us.
To attribute any role to a person in a group which lifts them to a place of esteem above their brothers and sisters, is to go into the realm of the Nicolaitans who had set up a hierarchy. Yahusha himself in Revelation 2:6 and also in verse 15 states clearly that He hates their teaching.
Ibrim (Hebrews) 7: 23 -
The men of the Levitical priesthood served during their lifetime, but being human they died and were replaced with others. Yahusha, on the other hand, having risen from the dead, is the High Priest forever sitting at the right hand of Elohim and is forever interceding on our behalf. The priests were born into the priestly tribe of Levi but the Messiah was born into the kingly tribe of Yahudah and was a priest forever after the order of MalkiTsedeq, being the King of Righteousness.
Ibrim 8: 3 -
Note that Yahuah did not give new laws or abolish His Torah given on Mt Sinai, but He wrote them on the heart of believers, not on stone tablets.
11, 12 “And they shall by no means teach each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying ‘Know Yahuah,’ because they all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. Because I shall forgive their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall no longer remember”.
The covenant was that given on Mt Sinai where Yahuah spoke out His instructions to the people and they replied, agreeing to obey Him. After this, Moses was called up to the mountain where Yahuah spoke with him for forty days and gave him the instructions written on tablets of stone with His own hand. While Moses was away, the people were tested and many responded by asking Aharon to make a golden calf so they could worship it, the calf being a likeness of one of the gods of Mitsrayim (Egypt) to which they were accustomed. Moses came down with the words of Elohim in stone and in his anger he smashed the tablets of stone on the rocks. Moses later returned up the mountain where Yahuah again gave him the instructions written in stone, and the people who took part in the idol worship were denied entry to the promised land.
The people had instructions to follow because they had not taken the words of Elohim into their minds and hearts, therefore they had to obey the rules set down for them to the letter. In our day, after the sacrifice of the perfect Lamb of Elohim, we receive the Ruach haQodesh and have the words of our Creator written on the fleshly tablets of our hearts.
The covenant itself was not at fault as it was impossible for Yahuah to be at fault. The fault lay with the disobedient heart and mind of man, therefore Yahuah, after the death and resurrection of our Messiah, sent the Ruach haQodesh to write His instructions upon our hearts.
Ibrim 9: 11-
14, 15 how much more shall the blood of the Messiah, who through the everlasting Spirit offered himself unblemished to Elohim, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim? And because of this He is the Mediator of a renewed covenant, so that death having taken place for redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, those who are called might receive the promise of everlasting inheritance.
The High Priest was the only man allowed to enter the Holy of Holies to make atonement for the sins of the people. He was required to stand before the Ark of the Covenant once a year after fulfilling certain requirements of washing, clothed in clean garments, to sprinkle the blood of a perfect sacrifice on the mercy seat of the ark. There was no blood sacrifice of animals acceptable to Yahuah after the death of His Son, as Yahusha was the perfect Lamb of Yahuah, the sacrifice for our sins, who is also our great High Priest who sits at the right hand of Yahuah Elohim making intercession for His people.
Yahuah promised a redeemer immediately after Adam and Eve sinned and separated themselves and all of mankind from the Creator, Bereshith/Genesis 3:15. A redeemer was also promised to Abraham, Bereshith 12:2, 3 and 17:2 to 8.
Yahuah gave the Torah to the people to spell out in great detail what sin was, and that the consequence of sin would be death of the sinner. The renewed covenant Yeshayahu/Isaiah 59:19 to 21, brought salvation through the promise given earlier of a redeemer who would save us and enable us to go into eternal life. As an example, the people kept the Feast of Passover commemorating the night when the angel of death passed over the Hebrew people who were covered by the blood of the lamb on their doorposts, but destroyed the firstborn of all people and animals in Mitsrayim (Egypt). It was also a rehearsal for the time when the blood of the Lamb of Yahuah would cover us and save us from eternal death.
In sequence it is: The Fall of Mankind, The Promise of a Redeemer, The Promises to Abraham, The Instructions to be Followed, The Coming of the Redeemer, The Sending of the Ruach haQodesh enabling man to love his Creator so much that he follows faithfully the Torah written on his own heart.
Yahusha is addressing his followers in the sermon on the Mount
Mattithyahu (Matt) 5: 17 -
The “jots and tittles” are marks used by Moses to emphasise a particular point being made by Elohim. They are used only in the Torah, the first five books of scripture and were faithfully copied by a scribe when he was writing a new scroll.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 53: 12 Therefore I give him a portion among the great, and He divides the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His being unto death, and He was accounted with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
This prophecy obviously refers to Yahusha being the intercessor for His people.
1 John 2: 1 -
1 John 5: 3 For this is the love for Elohim, that we guard His commands, and His commands are not heavy,
Real love which is what we receive from our Heavenly Father is never painful or difficult. When you have the Spirit and are going on in the love of Yahuah you do not have to go to great lengths to receive an answer, you only have to quietly and sincerely ask the Father. Then the one who died in your place, Yahusha the Messiah asks the Father on your behalf and He fills your need, be it for healing, provision or any other beneficial purpose.
Neville and June Shaw