Snapshots: Day 141
The Snapshot: “The Spirit of the Lord came on him.” (Jud 3:10) The words, ‘came upon’ occur a number of times in Judges (also 6:34, 11:29, 14:6,19, 15:14) describing the partnership between God and man, and when He did come, the person was changed. On the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the believers, it was to fulfill Jesus’ words about them being baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5) and “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 2:5) – immerse or ‘baptize’ a cup and it will be filled. These Old Testament judges had the Spirit ‘come upon’ them for a task, how much more wonderful, therefore, that we have been given the Spirit to indwell us (1 Cor 3:16, 6:19) to empower us for life, every one of us. Rejoice in His presence in you. Be open to His speaking from within. Hallelujah!
Further Consideration: In another context recently I have been considering the vital elements that should be seen as parts of a functionally biblically-based, vibrant New Testament church and have, in that process, marveled at how so many parts of the church play down the role of the Holy Spirit.
The Expression of this? They do that by not teaching about Him, rarely waiting upon Him or calling for Him to come afresh, and by not giving Him space to come and move and bring change in the life of the Church, whether that be in worship or in personal ministry.
The Result of this? A church that mostly relies on human wisdom and not revelation (I have witnessed this in days gone by in leadership meetings or deacons meetings that go on for over three hours, desperately struggling to come up with solutions to problems, rarely pausing to pray and rarely getting words of revelation – words of knowledge or wisdom – that break open otherwise insoluble difficulties, and pave the way for the Lord to move the church on and become a beacon to the watching world.
More than anything else, it is the power and revelation of the Holy Spirit, I believe, that should differentiate us from our unbelieving neighbors. Yes, His presence in us will be seen as love and goodness, but it will also be our testimonies of His moving in power and showing us the way ahead that will make us stand out.
Perhaps we take for granted the happenings of Acts 2, when the Spirit came down on the waiting believers and stirred them into worship and praise and testimony; they were being changed. But this is where the record of the Old Testament – and especially and most amazingly in Judges – grabs our attention as again and again He ‘came upon’ ordinary men and women and turned them into savior-deliverers for their nation. Do we see the church doing that today? Here then is the answer.