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Stirred Gideon

Gideon Blows TrumpetThe Holy Spirit in Judges 6.34 stirred Gideon into action to declare war on the followers of Baal. "Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him. " We note that, "The Spirit came upon him" means literally, "the Spirit clothed himself with." Gideon was wrapped up by the Spirit! Similarly, Samson in Judges 14.6a was given strength at the necessary time by the Holy Spirit. "The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat."

Extraordinary Ways

Temple PlanDavid instructed his son Solomon by the Holy Spirit in 1 Chronicles 28.12 as to the form, size and makeup of the Temple. "He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the Lord and all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries for the dedicated things." Just as Moses was given the plans for the Tabernacle from God, so also David received the plans for the Temple. Matthew Henry (1662-1714) the great Welsh minister, author and Bible commentator explained, "It must not be left to man's art or invention to contrive it, but it must be framed by divine institution." Thus the Holy Spirit guided the judges.

Prophet Moses

Prophet MosesThe Holy Spirit caused the prophet Mose as well as Balaam and two young men Eldad and Medad to prophecy. The Lord caused the prophet Moses to prophecy. The Holy Spirit came on two men in Moses' Camp for this special purpose. Though this prophecy appeared to challenge Moses spiritual leadership, he gladly encouraged it. Moses gave support to their prophecy in Numbers 11.26-29 as he believed it was from the Lord. "Two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. A young man ran and told Moses, 'Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.' Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses' aide since youth, spoke up and said, 'Moses, my lord, stop them!' 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 on them!'" Moses was not jealous about his gift but wished others to share it!

Balaam Blessed Israel

Prophet BalaamAnother prophet in Israel called Balaam had been called upon by Balak to curse Israel, but when the Spirit came upon him, he blessed them instead. We read in Numbers 24.1-2,9b "Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not resort to divination as at other times, but turned his face toward the wilderness. When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him. 'May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!'" This blessing caused Balak to become very angry and he struck his hands together and refused to pay Balaam for his prophetic services. The prophet Samuel later anointed Saul King with oil in 1 Samuel 10.6. The Spirit of the Lord again came powerfully upon him to prophecy in such a way that he appeared to be turned into another person. "The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them, and you will be changed into a different person." It appeared that the presence of the Holy Spirit in Saul made him act like someone completely different in order to prophecy.

Holy Spirit Prophecy

Dove FireHoly Spirit prophecy caused King David and Saul to speak on the Lord's behalf. King David gave a Holy Spirit prophecy in his last words in 2 Samuel 23.1-2, which read, "These are the last words of David: "The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, the hero of Israel's songs: The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue." God speaks to the people through a prophet and God's Holy Spirit prophecy is the message on their lips. The Holy Spirit encourages holiness according to Leviticus 19.2, "Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.'" The great reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) in "The Church and the Life of Discipleship" repeats and confirms this truth, "God makes a covenant with his people and separates them from the world as his own possession, and vouches himself for this covenant."

Comforter

WycliffeWe often hear the Holy Spirit called the "Comforter" which means "a person or thing that provides consolation." The word "comforter" which is also often rendered as the "advocate." This word goes back to the English reformer and Biblical scholar John Wycliffe (1320-1384 AD), and from the Latin word "fortis" which means "brave." The Comforter is, therefore, someone who "instills courage in another." When we consider the infinite holiness of God, it causes us to tremble. The theologian and historian J. S. Whale (1897-1997) talked about modern people running around the burning bush taking photographs from suitable angles instead of taking off their shoes from their feet because the place whereon they stand is holy ground. The English theologian and scholar F. C. Burkitt (1864-1935) wrote in one of his hymns, "The centuries go gliding, But still, we have abiding, With us that Spirit holy, To make us brave and lowly." God speaks directly through humans after they have received the Holy Spirit.✞

"Holy Spirit Judges"
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by Ron Meacock

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