Holy Spirit, Old Testament

I. He creates order in our lives

He was involved in the creation and in miracles that involved nature.

Genesis 1:2

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Psalms 104:30

You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;

And You renew the face of the earth.

By His power in creation, He brought forth light out of darkness and order out of disorder. Thus, one of the key works of the Holy Spirit is to bring things to life and to set things in order.

He makes our crooked paths straight.

1 Corinthians 14:33: For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

Ezekiel 36:26

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

The Holy Spirit is present in new beginnings:

Genesis 8:1: Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.

Exodus 14:21

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.

Creation of the world
New world after the flood
New people at the crossing of Red Sea
New Adam
New Spiritual birth of all believers
New church

So the Holy Spirit creates and empowers the human being to do what is impossible in our humanity.

He takes what was out of order and He puts it in order. He hovers over our disorganized life and He puts it in order.

He takes our bad marriages, addictions, bad characteristics and he recreates it, then empowers us to live above our capabilities.

He empowers those he chooses with wisdom.

Joseph

Genesis 41:38-39: And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In as much as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.”

Moses

Numbers 11:16-17: So the Lord said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17 Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.

Bezalel

Exodus 31:1-3

1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.”

Joshua

Deuteronomy 34:9

9 Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Jesus

Isaiah 11:2: The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

Saul

David

When you are constantly making bad decisions, when your decisions are based upon ego, envy, retaliation, personal gain, and anger, it is a sign that the spirit of God isn’t in you. The interpretation of dreams and the foreknowledge of the Bible heroes were based upon wisdom from God when the Holy Spirit rested upon them.

Wisdom brings God into the picture, wisdom is patient to allow God to work, wisdom tells you that the decisions you make will depend on your relationship with God. WISDOM IS THE BIGGEST EVIDENCE THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT REST UPON YOU! A LACK OF IT IS EVIDENCE OF THE OPPOSITE.

So if you look at your life and you see a path of one bad decision after another, now you know why.

Evidence of wisdom is prioritizing God when your humanity tells you that it will hurt you.

Wisdom is that when a sermon is being preached, you’re not listening to the preacher, you’re listening to God, that’s why you get board.

A lack of wisdom is a lack of the Holy Spirit.

I have seen very capable preachers not be successful in church for lack of wisdom. As a leader, you must have the ability to take yourself out of the picture and do what’s according to God’s principle and the best for the congregation and that’s something that only the Holy Spirit can do.

The greatest example of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is wisdom.

What qualified men and women to lead God’s people in the scriptures is wisdom and wisdom is the Holy Spirit.

James 1:5-6

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

John 3:8

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.

Ruach: Spirit, wind

The Holy Spirit seems to be the part of the Godhead that influences humans from within.

Genesis 6:3

And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Numbers 27:18

18 And the Lord said to Moses: “Take Joshua, the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him.”

Judges 3:9-10

9 When the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel, who delivered them: Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 10 The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord delivered Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.

1 Samuel 10:10

10 When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

1 Samuel 16:13

13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

1 Samuel 16:14

14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him.

The famous preacher DL Moody had been on ice to preach in England. When the brothers in England got together to talking him coming to England, one said: “why does it have to be DL Moddy, does he have a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?” Another pastor stood up and said: “no, but the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on DL Moody!”

Charles Grandison Finney (August 29, 1792 – August 16, 1875) was an American Presbyterian minister and leader in the Second Great Awakening in the United States. He has been called The Father of Modern Revivalism.[1] Finney was best known as an innovative revivalist during the period 1825–1835 in upstate New York and Manhattan, an opponent of Old School Presbyterian theology, an advocate of Christian perfectionism, and a religious writer.

Together with several other evangelical leaders, his religious views led him to promote social reforms, such as the abolition of slavery and equal education for women and African Americans. From 1835, he taught at Oberlin College of Ohio, which accepted students without regard to race or sex. He served as its second president from 1851 to 1866, during which its faculty and students were activists for abolition, the Underground Railroad, and universal education.

Finney wrote how God gave him mighty infillings of the Holy Spirit “that went through me, as it seemed, body and soul. I immediately found myself endued with such power from on high that a few words dropped here and there to individuals were the means of their immediate conversion. My words seemed to fasten like barbed arrows in the souls of men. They cut like a sword. They broke the heart like a hammer. Multitudes can attest to this…Sometimes I would find myself in a great measure empty of this power. I would go and visit and find that I made no saving impression. I would exhort and pray with the same results. I would set apart a day for private fasting and prayer…after humbling myself and crying out for help, the power would return upon me with all its freshness. This has been the experience of my life.”

Speaking to a large audience, D.L. Moody held up a glass and asked, “How can I get the air out of this glass?” One man shouted, “Suck it out with a pump!” Moody replied, “That would create a vacuum and shatter the glass.” After numerous other suggestions, Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher of water, and filled the glass. “There,” he said, “all the air is now removed.” He then went on to explain that victory in the Christian life is not accomplished by “sucking out a sin here and there,” but by being filled with the Holy Spirit.

D.L Moody said, “I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts. But if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. We must be emptied before we can be filled.”

John 16:7

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

1 Peter 3:22: Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

One thing I understand from the teachings of the Spirit in the Old Testament is that without the Holy Spirit, the world would not have been created; without the spirit, the waters of the flood would have been dried.

Joseph, Moses, those who made the sanctuary.

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