|Today, beginning with the book of Numbers, I’m going to take a look at the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. In Numbers, Moses led God’s people to Mount Sinai and a census was taken. It numbered 600,000 people! Despite God’s provision of manna — morning, noon, and night — the people began to grumble. I once heard manna described as a macaroon-like substance that tastes like coriander or cilantro. Cilantro and olive oil don’t seem too bad, but day after day, they craved something different.
With 600,000 discontent people, I can just see Moses telling them to be patient and that they’re only two weeks away from the Promised Land. Moses appeals to the Lord for help and He instructs Moses to gather 70 of the wisest people in leadership. The Lord tells him to bring them together and he’ll take some of his spirit, power, and wisdom and give it to these leaders so they can help. When they came together, the Holy Spirit moved, and some of Moses’ spirit fell on them. In the midst of this great move, two other men back at the camp are getting filled with the spirit and prophesying as well.
Friend, Moses was excited that the two men were also receiving! He said, “I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit on them!” Moses desired for everyone to be filled with the Holy Spirit, prophetic power, and wisdom. It is also God’s desire for you today to be filled and blessed with the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.