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“So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the tent. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took some of the power of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied—but did not do so again. However, 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!” Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.”
Moses, Joshua, 70 leaders and the Holy Spirit. Generations before Jesus, God’s presence among the people of Israel creates a stir. No one is certain what the rules are! And God tends to poor out his Spirit when and where he pleases, for his plans and purposes. Moses would never see the great outpouring of God’s Spirit that he mentioned, “I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” This is our reality. We are a Spirit-filled people. Yet, the effects of the Holy Spirit in our lives are not always as clearly evident as they were for the Israelites on this day, or the disciples on the day of Pentecost. Today, I will be praying for you! I will pray that God’s presence is visible to you today and that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will become ever more obvious to you with each passing day.