Acting on behalf of someone


Acting on behalf of someone
  1. Acting on behalf of someone
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    Mediators Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Those who interview job applicants try to be objective and fair regarding qualifications, experience and personal qualities. However, it is hard to ignore the good word that a trusted friend puts in for a specific candidate. It fills the gap regarding long-term personal acquaintance. Joseph was The post Acting on behalf of someone appeared first on The Lethbridge Herald - News and Sports from around…
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Mediators

Second of three parts

Jacob M. Van Zyl

Those who interview job applicants try to be objective and fair regarding qualifications, experience and personal qualities. However, it is hard to ignore the good word that a trusted friend puts in for a specific candidate. It fills the gap regarding long-term personal acquaintance.

Joseph was sold as slave by his envious brothers when he was 17 years old. He suddenly rose to power in Egypt at age 30 (Gen. 37:2, 41:46). Two years before he was released from prison, he interpreted the dream of Pharaoh’s butler in prison, and asked him to put in a good word for him with the king. The butler forgot about Joseph until the Pharaoh, too, had troubling dreams no one could fathom. The butler told his master of the man in prison who read his dream correctly. This mediation changed Joseph’s life from prisoner to governor of Egypt, a superpower at that time.

Moses was a great mediator. He interceded for his enslaved people by speaking directly to the Pharaoh and to God. Through Moses, God struck Egypt with plagues until the Pharaoh relented.

At Mount Sinai, Moses mediated between God and Israel. When Moses stayed with God on the mountain for 40 days, the people lost hope that he would return, and made an idol to lead them back to Egypt. God wanted to wipe them out, but Moses interceded for them (Ex. 32:7-14).

When the Israelites rebelled against God, or suffered from hunger or thirst, Moses pleaded for them with God, and catastrophe was averted.

The deed-prophets (like Samuel, Elijah and Elisha) as well as the book-prophets (from Isaiah to Malachi) acted as mediators between God and his people. God spoke to the prophets and they conveyed the message to the people in person and in writing.

Barnabas (“Son of Encouragement”) was a mediator more than once. The word for encouragement comes from the word used for the Holy Spirit (John 14:16), who worked in Barnabas (Acts 11:24).

When Saul, the persecutor of the church, became a Christian, many in the church did not trust him.…

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  2. Yahveh, the great I AM

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    08.16 / 18:12 lethbridgeherald.com
    Names of God in the Bible First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Although God revealed his personal name, Yahveh (or Yahweh), for the first time in Exodus 3:14, Moses used this name already 161 times in Genesis. God did not reveal his name to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, neither to the 12 sons The post Yahveh, the great I AM appeared first on The Lethbridge Herald - News and Sports from around…