Catch the overflow
Do you feel like the year is already running and you’re lagging behind? Do you feel like everyone is going forward and making speedy headway in life while you’re nowhere to be found? Does it seem like you’re stuck in a rut? Like you’ve been going around in circles and there’s no way out? I came across a very interesting passage yesterday and although I had read it before, I received fresh revelation as I listened to a sermon before bed.
In this passage, the Lord asked Moses to choose seventy elders, who were to help him with the work of being the spiritual and political leader of the Children of Israel. Here is what ensues:
24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the Lord, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.
25 And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.
28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.
29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!
All emphases are mine.
There are two very interesting points to take away from this passage. The first point is a precursor to the second.
1. You can catch the overflow. Verse 26 mentions two men, Eldad and Medad, who weren’t elders but remained in the camp by some means. Whether or not they wanted to, they too got a share of the Spirit of Moses that was released on the elders. It pays to be in the company of strong believers. It pays to walk with those who have great faith, especially if they have greater faith than you.
A lot of the things I know about how to love people and care for them, I’ve learned from friends. If I have learned to be more loving and more caring from friends, imagine how much I can learn to trust God from being around people who know and trust Him. Granted, your relationship with God is personal, but you learn to be great by walking with the great. That’s why Jesus had disciples, that’s why a God-fearing and bible believing church are absolutely necessary for a believer who is able to find them.
Read christian blogs, (like mine lol), get God-fearing friends, and surround yourself with people from whom you can easily catch the spirit of God.
2. God wants us all to be prophets. A lot of us know God by association. We have a hear-say and a secondary relationship with God. We do not know Him by and for ourselves, so we become so reliant on others that when we can’t find them, we’re helpless. Remember that Moses died and left Joshua, Elijah left Elisha, Jesus ascended to heaven and the disciples had to share the gospel by themselves.
As much as we must encourage ourselves with a community of believers, we must remember that that’s mostly food for babies. We should get to a point where we can fully hear God for ourselves, and discern spirits on our own, through the help of the Holy Spirit.
In the story above, there are three levels- Eldad and Medad, who prophesied by contact, the elders, who received the spirit of the prophet, and Moses, who was the friend of God.
Many of us are Eldad and Medads, God wants us to become elders, and then to know Him as intimately as Moses did.
Featured image from here.