Empowered to Witness – Numbers 11:16-30

God told Moses to select seventy elders to help him judge and lead the people of Israel: “And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them…” (Numbers 11:17). Moses gathered the elders and placed them around the tabernacle and God poured out His Spirit on them and they prophesied. Two of the elders were not present at the tabernacle when the Spirit was poured out on the elders and yet the two also received the Spirit and prophesied while they were still in the camp. A young man saw them and told Joshua, Moses’ assistant, about the two elders prophesying in the camp. Joshua asked Moses to make them stop  prophesying because they were not with the others at the tabernacle at the time they received the Spirit. Moses said to Joshua, “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them” (Numbers 11:29). God has done the every thing for which Moses wished. Today, God pours out His Spirit on all believers and empowers them to proclaim His gospel “in the camp”–that is, wherever they live.

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