The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
Empowering God’s Servants
Artisans for the Tabernacle
Exodus 31:1-11, 35:30-35. – Bezalel – This man was filled with the Spirit of God to do a specific job.
To Lead God’s People
Numbers 27:15-23,Deuteronmy 34:9 – Joshua was enabled by God to be the leader of the Israelites through the Spirit
.Judges 3:9-10 – Othniel
Judges 6:34 – Gideon
Judges 11:29 – Jephthah
Judges 13:25, 14:6, 19, 15:14- Samson
These people were all filled with the Holy Spirit to do the job. One of the pre-requisites for the first deacons was to be filled with the Spirit. These were humans were not perfect, but were enabled by God to do a job. God uses flawed people to do God’s will. You must work to become like God in your behavior.
The Gift of Prophecy
See Nehemiah 9:20
Numbers 11:16-30 – Elders of Israel – These elders were given the Spirit and were able to prophecy
1 Samuel 10:1-13,11:6 – Saul – He is the first king of Israel who was able to prophecy by God’s power.
1 Samuel 16:13, 2 Samuel 23:2, 1 Chronicles 28:21 – David received the Spirit. The Spirit was taken from Saul
Others who received the Spirit – Balaam, Elijah and Elisha, Amasai, Azariah, Jahaziel, Zechariah, Ezekiel, and Micah
Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12,13,14, 1 Peter 4:10-11 – All abilities come from God both natural and miraculous.
Testimony of Non- Israelites
Genesis 41:38 – Egyptian Pharaoh said God is with you
Daniel 4:8-9 – Nebuchadnezzar
The Spirit Transporting People
1 Kings – Elijah – The Spirit has dominion over the flesh
–Robert Lee, 2-12-12 p.m.