“I will pour My Spirit on your descendants” Isaiah 44:3
1. Specific individuals filled with the Spirit of God
b) Bezalel and Aholiab
2. What about the general congregation?
a) Could anyone be filled with the Spirit of God?
b) What do the Scriptures say?
THE SPIRIT OF GOD UPON THE 70 ELDERS
24 So Moses went out and reported the LORD’s words to the people.
He gathered the seventy elders and stationed them around the Tabernacle.
25 And the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Then he gave the seventy elders the same Spirit that was upon Moses.
And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But this never happened again.
26 Two men, Eldad and Medad, had stayed behind in the camp. They were listed among the elders,
but they had not gone out to the Tabernacle. Yet the Spirit rested upon them as well, so they prophesied there in the camp.
27 A young man ran and reported to Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!”
28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ assistant since his youth, protested, “Moses, my master, make them stop!”
29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all
the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit upon them all!”
30 Then Moses returned to the camp with the elders of Israel. Numbers 11:24-30
1. The Spirit of God came upon 70 Elders Numbers 11:25a
2. The same Spirit that was upon Moses Numbers 11:25b
3. They prophesied Numbers 11:25c
4. Eldad and Medad
a) The same Spirit came upon them
b) They prophesied too
5. The alarm of Joshua expressed to Moses
a) Should they not be stopped?
b) Was Joshua “jealous” Numbers 11:29a
6. Moses’ response
a) His wish that all may be prophets Numbers 11:29b
b) That all may be filled with the Spirit of God Numbers 11:29c
A PROPHECY FROM ISAIAH
1“But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one.
2 The LORD who made you and helps you says: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, O dear Israel, my chosen one.
3 For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields.
And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.
4 They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.
5 Some will proudly claim, ‘I belong to the LORD.’ Others will say, ‘I am a descendant of Jacob.’
Some will write the LORD’s name on their hands and will take the name of Israel as their own.” Isaiah 44:1-5
1. God’s gracious regard for Israel
a) My servant Isaiah 44:1,2
b) My chosen one Isaiah 44:1,2
2. God’s Promise to His people
a) There is no need to be fearful
b) God will be there to help
c) Wonderful blessings promised:
i) Provision of water for the thirsty
ii) Promise of the Spirit for the descendants
iii) Promise of blessing for the children Isaiah 44:3
iv) They will thrive Isaiah 44:4
3. Tremendous impact on the children
a) Belonging to the LORD
Some will proudly claim, ‘I belong to the LORD.’ Isaiah 44:5a
b) Belonging to Jacob
Others will say, ‘I am a descendant of Jacob.’ Isaiah 44:5b
c) The name of the LORD
“Some will write the LORD’s name on their hands” Isaiah 44:5c
d) The name of Israel
“And will take the name of Israel as their own” Isaiah 44:5d
21 “Pay attention, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I, the LORD, made you, and I will not forget you.
22 I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.
Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.”
23 Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done this wondrous thing. Shout for joy, O depths of the earth! Break into song,
O mountains and forests and every tree! For the LORD has redeemed Jacob and is glorified in Israel. Isaiah 44:21-23
1. To pay attention to what God has declared
2. All sins and offenses are swept away
3. To return to the LORD
4. To sing to God for the work of redemption that He has done