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In Numbers chapter 11 a number of the elders of Israel receive a special outpouring of the Spirit of God. The text in verses 24-30 says that they received “some of” the Spirit given to Moses. They responded by some sort of prophecy. We don’t know the content of their message, nor the duration. It does say that they didn’t keep prophesying.
Moses’ response was that the elders of Israel, and even the people who are not elders, should speak as prophets. As we survey the work of prophets in the Bible, most of their time is spent telling of God’s greatness and of how His Word urges us to depend on Him. This is activity which knows no bounds of ordination. It depends relatively little on the kind of training someone has.
Do we know God’s Word as revealed in the Scripture? Are we willing to trust that God can put those words into our mouths in a timely manner? Are we willing to speak God’s Word charitably, wisely, with the right attitude and for the good of others? Then we too can trust that the Spirit of God will speak through us. This is decidedly a good thing.
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