Ceremony: Public Service at Surabaya
Date: Sunday, March 09, 2008
WR Supratman 4 Sby
Pastor: Pdt. Widjaja Hendra
The book of Exodus chapter 32 is overall divided into five parts as follows:
- vs. 1 – 6 about golden calf
- vs. 7 – 14 about God’s wrath
- vs. 15 – 20 about the two tablets of stone being broken (signifying
- vs. 21 – 29 about the wrath of Moses toward Aaron and the people
of Israel (signifying sanctification)
- vs. 30 – 35 about the prayer of Moses over the people of Israel (signifying
the ministry of reconciliation).
We are learning the second part that is about God’s wrath.
Exodus 32: 7-10.
7 And the LORD said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you
brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.
8 "They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them.
They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to
it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the
land of Egypt!’"
9 And the LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and indeed it is
a stiff–necked people!
10 "Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them
and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation."
When God saw that the Israelites were making golden calf, He was wrathful.
We have learned three things provoking God to anger, they are:
- (vs. 7) The people of Israel had corrupted themselves.
- (vs. 8) The people of Israel had turned aside out of the way of the Lord.
- (vs. 9) The people of Israel had made themselves a stiff-necked / hard-heartened
From these three causes, in verse 10 >>> 10 "Now therefore, let
Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And
I will make of you a great nation."
Because of these three causes God was wrathful upon Israelites and wanted to
Yet Moses attitudes as the shepherd of the congregation >>> Exodus
11 Then Moses pleaded with the LORD his God, and said: "LORD, why does
Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land
of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
12 "Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out
to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face
of the earth’?Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to
13 "Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore
by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants
as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your
descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’"
14 So the LORD relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.
In confronting the corrupted congregation, Moses came with love. So, in a marriage
>>> parents may face wild children who are the same as Israelites that
are stone-hearted, corrupted, and turned aside out of Lord’s way, Moses
confronted them with love. Moses prayed to beg for God’s love fulfilled
his life, and then he prayed for the Israelites. Pray for himself in order to
get God’s love >>> it is especially for a shepherd and then he
is able to pray for people of God and it is so called intercession prayer. So,
it is in the shepherding service system that we know the term intercession prayer.
There are two kinds of intercession prayer/ intercession prayer as following:
- intercession prayer is lifted by the Great High Priest Lord Jesus Christ
who sits on the right side of God Father
- intercession prayer which is lifted by a shepherd/ a man in the world who
is trusted by God,
In short, the main assignments of a shepherd in this world are:
- feeding the flock or congregation with the shepherding word
- lifting intercession prayer for the flock or congregation
If a shepherd does not want to feed the flocks/ preach the word of Lord, he
is not a truly shepherd. Whatever is the condition of a shepherd, if it is God’s
calling for him to be a shepherd, his main task is to deliver the shepherding
word. There are a lot of reasons for me not to serve you now in Surabaya since
I have to prepare for 7 services in Ciawi but flock need food. Therefore, we
are the shepherds who get the personal calling from God need to be prayed in
order these shepherds do their main task. If a shepherd does not do the main
task, he is not a sincerely shepherd and it is so dangerous because in John
10 it is stated that they are hired people. There are other tasks, for instance
visiting the people of God, but this task is helped by care team.
We are back to intercession prayer whose context is on verse 11-14 >>>
so, intercession prayer is a prayer which is lifted by a shepherd to God with
great responsibility >>> Hebrews. 13: 17. Obey
those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls,
as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief,
for that would be unprofitable for you.
This is the intercession prayer which is lifted by a shepherd with following
- the intercession prayer should be lifted with full of responsibility and
with cheerful heart/ without any force and also without moan and complain.
Even though the congregation is corrupt, a shepherd has to pray the intercession
prayer with joy and responsibility.
- the intercession prayer should be lifted with love of God >>>
Moses prayed for God’s love so that it fulfilled his life, then he was
able to pray for the people of God/ Israelites with love.
- the intercession prayer should be lifted for the sake of souls of the people
of God/ flocks.
In fact, God’s wrath is caused by three reasons namely:
- vs. 7 >>> The people of Israel had corrupted themselves.
- vs.8 >>> The people of Israel had turned aside out of the way
of the Lord
- vs. 9 >>> The people of Israel had made themselves a stiff-necked
/ hard-heartened people
So, in verse 10 >>> God’s wrath should consume the Israelites
or they got punishment/ destruction, yet it is because of intercession prayer
from a shepherd for souls of people of God/ the flocks that they are safe.
In conclusion, salvation of soul for the people of God is defined as:
- protecting the people of God from God’s wrath or softening God’s
heart so that He does not get wrath upon them. I often give an example about
fig tree which grew beside the road and one which grew in vineyard. Even though
they did not produce fruits, they still had differences. The fig tree which
grew on the side of road >>> when Jesus was hungry and wanted to
eat its fruit, but He did not get the fruit, He said to it, "Let no fruit
grow on you ever again." Immediately the fig tree withered away = perish.
However, one which was planted in vineyard and did not generate its fruit
for three years, so that its lord claimed that it is useless and had someone
to cut it. Yet, the keeper/ shepherd of the vine begged >>> ‘No,
Sir! Give one year more time so that it gets opportunity to generate its fruits.
If it does not produce any fruits, you may cut it ’. This is the importance
of intercession prayer of a shepherd for souls of the people of God, it means
to protect the people of God from His wrath/ soften God’s heart in order
not to consume the people of God. I hope we understand it.
- Exodus 32: 13 "Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I
will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that
I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’"
So intercession prayer is related to salvation of souls of people of God/flocks,
it means intercession prayer is related to protection from God’s wrath/
softening God’s heart so that He does not punish His people/ flocks.
The second is in line with God’s promise. The intercession prayer is
important to make the people of God stay in the promise of God that is to
enter and to inherit Canaan land/ New Jerusalem for ever. This is the intercession
prayer from a shepherd for the salvation of the people of God. I hope we can
Let’s pray for me! I, a shepherd, need your prayer so that I am able
to be seriously trusted by God with these following attitudes:
- feeding the flocks as the main assignment
- lifting intercession prayer for the salvation of souls of the flocks/the
people of God.
If there had been no intercession prayer from a shepherd/ Moses, all of Israelites
would have been destroyed by God. Therefore, it is important to lift intercession
prayer and this only exists in the shepherding service system since these
two main assignments cannot be separated. After being trusted to feed, a shepherd
can be trusted to lift intercession prayer. If a shepherd does not feed the
flocks, there will be not intercession prayer although he professes that he
prays, but if he does not feed the sheep, there will be no intercession prayer.
A shepherd cannot do only one task, yet he has to do both of them.
Now, the people of God or the sheep have to do as follows:
Hebrews 13: 17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive,
for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them
do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
- do not make the shepherd moan and complain. Making the
shepherd moan and complain = inviting the God’s wrath because God will
also moan and complain and intercession prayer from a shepherd will be hindered.
It is dangerous since the intercession prayer is a protection or covering,
yet if a shepherd moans and complains so that the intercession prayer is hindered,
the covering will be open and invite God’s wrath within the congregation.
If the covering is open the congregation will be not quiet, even scattered,
because of the heat and rain. And the biggest disadvantage is loosing salvation.
This is a very serious thing, therefore we have to keep our attitudes each
other. I keep my attitudes by accomplishing my main tasks those are feeding
the congregation and praying for them. The congregations keep their attitudes
in order not to make the shepherd moan and complain.
- being obedient to the Shepherd’s voice/ the shepherding word.
In 1 Peter 5 which is the verse of shepherding service system, there is an
idea of being obedient in the shepherding service system 1 Peter 5:5,
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes,
all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
"God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt
you in due time,
If we obey the shepherding word/ Shepherd’s voice, we are under the
mighty hands of God, the Great Shepherd and it denotes a protection or a covering.
This is the way to be obedient for the congregations so that they are on the
presence of the mighty hands of God, the Great Shepherd and they will get
a covering of protection from the Great Shepherd.
If we see a frame of mind to be an obedient in Luke 1 that is submission of
Mary even though she had to sacrifice everything since she had to be pregnant
before getting married when she was still a virgin. Her sacrifice is like
a sacrifice of her own ghost because based on the laws of Moses, she had to
be thrown with stones until she died. However, her submission conveyed her
to be under the mighty hands of God, the Great Shepherd.
Luke 1: 34, 35, 37, 38.
34 Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not
know a man?"
35 And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come
upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also,
that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
37 "For with God nothing will be impossible."
38 Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to
me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
I repeat, in 1 Peter 5:5 it is said that Likewise you younger people, submit
yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and
be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace
to the humble."
It is about a young man who has to be obedient. A young man refers to a strong
person in the terms of wealthy, skill, or powerful position in the world, yet
he/ she must be obedient in the shepherding service system. In fact, there are
a lot of rich people who want to lead others in a church/ shepherding service
system, which undeserved before God.
An obedient young man also has position under the mighty hands of God, the
Great Shepherd so that he will feel these following good points:
- a protection/ shelter from the Great Shepherd
- from the example of an obedient Mary >>> ‘Let it be to me
according to your word’ >>> because there are nothing impossible
for God. Mary underwent >>> the mighty hands of God, the Great Shepherd,
wiped all of impossibilities if there is a frame of mind of being obedience.
I will show you 3 times of a frame of mind of being obedience which
wipe impossibilities through eras from women who are the description of churches
of God. Here it is:
- Sarah who represents the era of God Father >>> Genesis
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had
passed the age of childbearing.
12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have grown
old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?"
13 And the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall
I surely bear a child, since I am old?’
14 "Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return
to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."
15 But Sarah denied it, saying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid.
And He said, "No, but you did laugh!"
Sarah was barren and menopause so that she did not have any expectation to
bear a child. In Israelites’ point of view, barrenness is a shame. Therefore
Sarah laughed, yet she was afraid or bitter laughed actually since there was
not a joy in her life. Nevertheless, Sarah obeyed her husband as she did to
the Lord and called her husband ‘lord’. It is meant that she had
obeyed the word of Lord by obeying her husband. It is written in 1 Peter and
the blessing of being obedience is God wipes all of impossibilities.
1 Peter 3:1, 5, 6
1 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some
do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their
5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also
adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,
6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you
do good and are not afraid with any terror.
Although a wife has a cruel husband she has to obey him, as God says. This
is a realization of being obedience to the shepherding word as Sarah had done.
She obeyed Abraham and was not angry although he gave her to other men, Pharaoh
Sarah’s obedience brought benefit for her that is she was on the presence
of the mighty hands of God, the Great Shepherd, which are able to erase impossibilities.
She was also protected by God so that she could not be touched by other men.
Besides, the mighty hands of God, the Great Shepherd erase impossibilities
so that Lord opened her womb and she could bear a son until she was able to
have joyful laughs.
Now brethren, let us follow Sarah! If our lives are sour or bitter because
of earthly things, we can see the opening of doors for those earthly things
and also marriage problems like Sarah who had undergone the opening of her
womb. Many people get marriage problems and this is like people who face closed
doors so that their lives are bitter and unpleasant. Let’s start from
being obedient! Wives obey the word of God by putting their husbands first
and husbands obey the word of God by loving their wives. Meanwhile, children
obey the shepherding word through their obedience to their parents.
Sarah, told in Genesis, represents the era of God Father. There was the presence
of the mighty hands of God, the Great Shepherd which eliminated impossibilities.
Abraham was seventy five years old and it was when he was in age of a hundred
year that he had a child. In conclusion, being obedient needs time. Thus,
in obedience we wait for God’s time and we have to be sure that there
is a power to wipe impossibilities and open womb/ marriage and other doors
of earthly things which make us happy.
- Mary who represents the era of Son of God (Jesus)> Luke 1:38
Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to
me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
Mary had to sacrifice anything to be obedient. She was a virgin but she had
to be pregnant without having a husband (before she got married). In short,
being obedient needs sacrifice as what Jesus did until He gave His life. We
have to sacrifice all things in order to obey the shepherding word so we can
undergo power of protection because we are in the presence of the mighty hands
The benefit for Mary was she was able to bring forth Jesus, the Savior.>
Matthew 1:21 "And she will bring forth a Son, and
you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."
This is the second, a power to erase all of impossibilities. The fact that
Mary was able to bring forth Jesus as the Savior is meant as *we get spiritual
opening doors that is we are saved. Actually sinners must perish/ be consumed
by God, but if we are obedient to the word of God we will feel the power of
opening doors spiritually that is salvation/ we are saved by the blood of
Jesus. This is an impossible thing since there is stated in the Holy Bible>
death is reward of sins and we have sinned, either inherit sins or deeds of
sin since we are young. The period in which Noah lived is the evidence that
there was no child could be saved. It points to the fact that even children
were sinners and had to perish so it was impracticable that they were safe.
Nevertheless, if today we obey the shepherding word as what Mary did we will
get the power to open spiritual doors that is door of salvation and we will
not be consumed by God since we get forgiveness and salvation from the blood
Definitions of being saved are:
- We are not punished/ perished
- We are capable of walking in righteousness
These two definitions are forms of miracle or unthinkable things for men
since all of men has sinned and has to be punished. However, it is a power
of erasing impossibilities if we can be saved and live in truth. I hope
we can grasp it. This is the second definition of opening spiritual doors
> we are set free from God’s punishment and we are saved so that
we are able to walk in righteousness. Hence, now we should be sure to
throw away unrighteous things and live in truth.
- The perfect churches of God/ the bride of heaven
1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with
the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having
seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
The condition of churches of God in the end of the world is like a pregnant
woman which is in due time to give birth = in weakest condition. There are
a lot of women who are able to walk, sweep the floor and work in offices when
they were pregnant. Yet, they will not be able to do anything when they are
going to bring forth a baby. This is a description of our condition in the
end of the world. Moreover the woman has to confront a great, fiery red dragon
which is sent to the earth to hunt the woman.
Fortunately, the woman has a sign of obedience that is a garland of twelve
stars on her head. This garland of twelve stars on her head refers to the gifts
of Holy Spirit and obedience to the shepherding word. Thus, we have to be obedient
in these times.
A shepherd has a task to lift the intercession prayer wholeheartedly for the
flocks. If in the shepherding service system we are obedient to the shepherding
word, we will be in the presence of the mighty hands of God, the Great Shepherd
which is able to be a shelter for us so that there is a power to eliminate impossibilities.
It can be seen in the story of Sarah, Mary and the churches of God. The churches
of God in the end of the world are like a woman who is in due time to give birth
and has to face a great, fiery red dragon. In the earthly point of view, the
churches of God are, of course, dead. Yet, since she has sign of obedience,
she is in the presence of the mighty hands of God, the Great Shepherd.
The advantages of obedience/ a garland of twelve stars are:
- Revelation 12:6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness,
where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one
thousand two hundred and sixty days.
If we only read this verse it will seem unthinkable because a pregnant woman
who is in due time to give birth and in her weakest condition will not be
able to run away from the dragon. However, the verse explains the others.
Revelation 12:14 But the woman was given two wings of
a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where
she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of
The woman does not use her feet to run away but she is given two wings of
great eagle. This is the great miracle of God. So, the first advantages of
weak woman is the mighty hands of the Great Shepherd gives two wings of a
great eagle to fly the churches of God to the wilderness for three and a half
time from the presence of the serpent. We are protected and nourished by God
directly. If the dragon wants to swallow her directly, God also protects and
blesses us directly.
This kind of protection has happened when Israelites walked in the desert
for forty years, without planted or harvested anything, without worked but
God blessed them directly. We will also feel what Israelites felt for three
and a half years yet without murmur and death as Israelites did. For three
and a half years we will be in the presence of God’s shelter and blessing
directly through the word of God and holy communion/ Christ’s sacrifice
since these things will be our food and strength.
Let’s my fellows! If there are two wings of the great eagle, we will
be set free from antichrist which threatens us directly, let alone the sufferings
nowadays. We are like a woman who is in her due time to give birth and weak
because of those great sufferings which come directly from Satan. However,
God is able to help and fly us to the wilderness if we are obedient.
- If the woman/ the churches of God are obedient, she will get the shelter
and flee to the wilderness with two wings of great eagle and get the power
to eliminate impossibilities. The woman will be in the wilderness for three
and a half years. After that, Jesus will come for the second period and the
woman will be changed as glorious as Him.
The fact that after three and a half period in the wilderness Jesus will come
for the second time and renew us until we are perfect as Him is a power to
erase all kinds of impossibilities. Philippians 3: 20, 21
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for
the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious
body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things
The second benefit is the mighty hands of the Great Shepherd empower to change
us to be perfect and glorious as He is that is the Bride of Heaven. For what?
For being exalted in due time. I Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under
the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
Staying under the mighty hands of God, we feel these following things:
- Power to protect us
- Power to eliminate impossibilities
- Power to exalt us in due time in clouds of glory and we will meet God
forever and ever.
This is the reality that a person who is under the God’s wrath will
not be punished if he/she is shepherded. The Israelites has corrupted themselves,
turned aside of the way of Lord, were stiff-necked, set golden calf and were
cursed by God since He said ‘I’ll consume them’ , yet Moses
prayed for them.
Therefore it is important to be shepherded nowadays because:
- A shepherd feeds the flocks and
- Lifts the intercession prayer wholeheartedly, full of responsibility and
While the attitude of the congregation is obeying the shepherding word so that
they live under the mighty hands of the Great Shepherd which protect them, erase
impossibilities as follows:
- Sarah who is a description for churches of God who are in bitter laugh
and barrenness yet because of her obedience she gets the power to wipe impossibilities
that is her womb was opened and she could laugh happily.
- Mary, who had to be pregnant and bring forth the baby of Jesus, describes
sinners who have to die but they can be saved. It refers to the opening of
doors in spiritual things so that we are saved by God. This is the reality
of God’s power to help us now. Perhaps we are evil or filthy but if
we obey His word we get the power to save us.
- The churches of God are like a woman in her due time to give birth and
so weak. Maybe we are so weak, hopeless, and disappointed because there are
no solutions for our problems. However, we have to remember that if there
is submission, God will give us two wings of a great eagle to fly us to the
wilderness so that all sorts of tribulations are resolved by God. The power
of God throws away all impossibilities and changes our lives from now on until
we are same as God in the time of Jesus second coming. His hands will also
lift and exalt us in the glorious clouds until we live together with God forever.
This is the mercy of God for people who have to be consumed, but they can
be exalted in the glorious clouds if they obey God and live in the presence
of the mighty hands of the Great Shepherd.
God bless us!