“Moses said to the Lord, ‘May the Lord, the God of he spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring hen=m in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.’ So the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay your hand on him. Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence.’” (Numbers27:15–19)
God’s Spirit often divides leadership gifts among His people. God gave His Spirit to Joshua to equip him to lead His people. The military commander’s basic task was defined as shepherd, caring for the needs of the people. Moses laid his hand on Joshua, not to give the Spirit to Joshua but to symbolize for the people that Joshua would be their new leader.
The association of laying on of hands continued in the early church. Joshua’s assignment was clearly distinguished from that of Eleazar the priest. Eleazar was to seek God’s will by the use of Urim. Joshua was to carry out God’s will. His gift was leadership, not prophecy. Leadership is a gift of the Spirit of God.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, here we see a clear and symbolic declaration of Joshua as the one to lead the people into the Promised Land and that he was the successor to Moses. This is symbolic of all of us, that God gives gifts out to all people, and we must search to see just what it is that He is entrusting to us, to use for His purposes. Father, let us each seek out the gift you have given to us, and let us use that gift to serve Your purposes in the world we live in today. It is in Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Do not be lukewarm, but fervent and boiling over in the faith.”
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—-the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John14:15-17)
The disciples feared with Jesus death, they would become spiritual orphans with no one to run to for help. Jesus revealed a new Presence would be available. God’s Spirit fulfills Christ’s promise by living in believers and guiding our lives.
Jesus had revealed a new Presence would be available in believers, fulfilling Christ’s promise for God’s Spirit would live within believers; thus guiding our lives in all situations.
“But you dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” (Jude1:20-21)
Pray submissively to, filled with, attentive to, and utilizing the power of he Holy Spirit. Jude had just described people devoid of the Spirit.
Eternal life is a future-oriented in this text. The mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ brings it to us. In the meantime, God’s loving vigilance should be matched by our own.
Second Thought of the Day:
“On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet.” (Revelation1:10)
The Holy Spirit led John to write the letters which make up Revelations 2:1-3:22. He did so while John worshiped on the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week celebrating Christ’s resurrection.
The Spirit gave John the precise wording of the letters. The Spirit never gave any other guidance, except in Acts 20:7, where is says, “To break break” is almost certainly a reference to the Lord’s Supper. Because of this verse, many Christians observe the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. If properly carried out, such weekly observance may be very appropriate. Yet, this is the only time weekly observance is mentioned. The emphasis is always upon meaning and proper observance, never upon frequency. That question is left open by the indefinite phrase “whenever you drink this cup.”