Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Numbers 11:24-30 Anointing is for All

KEY TEXT: Numbers 11:26-29 Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, "My lord Moses, stop 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 on them!"

KEY THOT: After the Lord had taken some of the Spirit that was on Moses and put it on the seventy elders, they prophesied. Two men, Eldad and Medad were nearby at the camp but not elders of Israel. The Spirit also rested on them and they prophesied. Joshua wanted Moses to stop them since they were not elders of Israel, just "lay" people. Moses retorted: "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!" What generosity of spirit that Moses exhibited. How easy it is to become over-protective of our "elite" status as elders of the church and refuse to share authority and power with others. Not with Moses, for he was the meekest man on earth of his time: "Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth" (Numbers 12:3). 

Moses' longing for God's people is that all of them may become prophets. In other words, all of God's people are called to be anointed by the Spirit of God so that they may do the work of God just as Moses did. The seventy elders received some of the Spirit that rested on Moses but the prophetic anointing was never meant to be limited to "elders" of Israel--it was meant for all people: "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit" (Joel 2:28-29).

Revival begins when every Christian becomes anointed by the Spirit and starts doing "impossible" things for God. There are three things that the anointing of the Spirit will qualify every believer: word, worship and warfare. The Spirit empowers God's people to be prophets to speak God's word; to be priests to offer worship to God; and to be kings to engage in warfare against Satan to set free his prisoners who are held captives in sin and demonic chains.

Let's pray for a revival of God's anointing upon God's people so that they can rise up as prophets for Word ministry, as priests for worship ministry and as kings for warfare ministry!

Abba Father, may You pour out Your Spirit upon all flesh so that all who are called by Your name may be delivered from their spiritual bondage and becomes anointed witnesses of Your grace and love. Amen.

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