Seize the Moment – Day 570


The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit!

Numbers 11


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, October 8.


The most valuable resource in any church is people filled with the Holy Spirit.


In Numbers 11:27-29, Moses responds to a challenging leadership situation in a surprising way:


So a young man ran and told Moses and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” Then Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth, said, “Moses, my lord, restrain them.” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”


Moses’ response foreshadowed the New Covenant and Acts 2 Pentecost!


Moses was frustrated and exhausted because of the people’s complaining (1-9). After praying for them, Moses went to God and complained about the heavy burden of leading the people that God had placed on him (10-15).


God heard his prayer and responded to Moses in verses 16-17:


Gather for Me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and their officers and bring them to the tent of meeting … and I will take of the Spirit who is upon you, and will put Him upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you will not bear it all alone.


Even though Eldad and Medad weren’t part of this gathered group of seventy elders to receive the Spirit (24-26), Moses saw no problem because he knew the more Spirit-filled people there were to help, the less he had to bear it all alone.


Whereas the attendant of Moses, Joshua, was jealous for Moses and wanted them restrained, Moses saw an opportunity because “many hands make light work.”


Seize the moment and seek ways to help in your local church. The Holy Spirit makes the burden light when we work together in the easy yoke of Jesus.

God bless your day!
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