Category Archives: SOTB

The Intercession of Moses

I titled this “The Intercession of Moses” because I’m not sure if you write “Moses’ Intercession” or “Moses’s Intercession.” =)

Another teacher in the school I work with showed me this revelation. Exodus 32 tells the story of when God was going to destroy Israel. They would have been the third people group ever destroyed by God. Moses intercedes, and God spares them. Why did God spare them? Was it because Moses outsmarted God or got him trapped in a legal catch 22?

No. God was able to spare Israel on the basis of the character of Moses, not the intelligence of Moses. Moses didn’t say anything that God didn’t know. What Moses did was pass a character test. He showed by being willing to go to Hell that Israel might be saved that he was fit to lead the people. God saw hope for Israel, because He had a leader who loved like He did. Israel could still be persuaded to choose right.

Judas Iscariot & God’s Hope

‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’ -Jeremiah 29:11

I was preparing for a teaching on prophecy and Judas Iscariot when I discovered a little hidden glimpse of God’s mercy. Matthew 19:28 says, “And Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'” The interesting thing is that chronologically this declaration was after Judas had become “a devil” (John 6:70).

Why does that matter?

It means that even after Judas had turned in sin against Jesus that God still had hopes of his repentance. Perhaps his story could have ended more like Peter’s. We can’t know such things for sure, but we can see that our God has plans for a future and hope for people even when they are as lost as Judas or Judah in the days of Jeremiah.

SOTB Alumni – 10 Years Later

This is an incredible example of the effectiveness of School of the Bible. This student did the school ten years ago and is still impressed with the goodness of God. She directly connects this to the year she spent studying and meeting with God.

Here’s another from the same year. She has been serving faithfully as a missionary to her home country, Thailand, since 2002.