[CF Devotionals] 2009-01-25 - The Holy Spirit

Part 4

The Holy Spirit manifest in the Old Testament: While the Holy Spirit did not indwell men in the same way He does the post-Pentecost believer, He did come upon men. Keep in mind that no one could turn to God, or walk in obedience, without the involvement of the Holy Spirit.

“I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit that is on you and put the Spirit on them. They will help you carry the burden of the people, so that you will not have to carry it alone.” … “The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The LORD gave Cushanrishathaim, king of Aram, into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him” (Numbers 11:17; Judges 3:10).

The Holy Spirit was poured out and rested upon men.

“… till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest.” … “Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him, and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again. However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp” (Isaiah 32:15; Numbers 11:25-26).

Before moving on to the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, I want to quote Stringfellow, in a listing of general information related to references of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament:

  1. The Holy Spirit is mentioned some 88 times in the Old Testament. These are widely spaced over the canon, found in 22 of the 39 Old Testament Books.

  2. In the Pentateuch … we find 14 references, and these are found in only 4 books. Leviticus has no references.

  3. Two of the prophetic books, Isaiah and Ezekiel, have 15 references each.

  4. The other books, Judges and I Samuel have 7 references each; II Samuel, 1 reference; Psalms has 5. This leaves 24 references in 11 books.” 4

  1. Stringfellow, p. 57.

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