Devotion June 5-9, 2017

Meditation for the Week of June 4, 2017

The Spirit Rests On Us
Moses had gotten into trouble again. He hadn’t done anything wrong, but everyone was complaining against him. They were tired of how God had miraculously supplied them with manna every day, so they complained, “Oh that we had meat to eat!” In response, God tells Moses to choose 70 elders from Israel to help him manage the people. Then Moses wouldn’t have to bear the burden of leadership alone. He’d have 70 people to help him.

So, Moses gathered the 70 around the tent of meeting, and the Spirit rested on them. They began prophesying as the Spirit came on them, but stopped shortly thereafter. Two of them weren’t at the tent, and they prophesied in the camp. When Moses was asked about this, he said, “’Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!’ And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.”

We see that joy fulfilled in the day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit comes down on all of God’s people. The Holy Spirit isn’t there for just one guy, like with Moses, or for just 70 leaders. He comes to all who believe in Jesus Christ. He enters each of us through the word and sacraments. That same Spirit that rested on Moses, the elders, all the prophets, and on Jesus, now rests in us.

Moses said, “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets.” God has made that so since the day of Pentecost by giving all Christians the Holy Spirit. Yet, many Christians act as if the only work of the Spirit that can be done is done by the Pastor or the church staff and volunteers. Parents shuttle their kids to Sunday School instead of teaching them the faith at home. Members don’t read the holy Scriptures every chance they get. And we outsource telling the world about Jesus to the guy in the fancy robe.

But God has given each of us the Holy Spirit. Each of us is called to share the burden of the church’s work at home, at work, in our communities, and at church. Moses had only 70 elders, but God has chosen all his people to do his joyous work. And he has given us the person we need to accomplish it: the Holy Spirit. It’s the Holy Spirit who acts when we teach our children or our families about Jesus. That same Holy Spirit works in us when we read the Bible. That same Holy Spirit flows out of us whenever we speak God’s word to the people around us. In that way, God has made all of his people prophets, bearing the Holy Spirit.

Our Weekly Prayer

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

O Holy Spirit, you came to the 70 elders to bear the burden of leadership for Moses, that all God’s people might benefit. You come to the whole Christian church that we may all take up the work of the church. Cause us to boldly teach our families the gospel, tell our neighbors about Christ, and do the work that you have called us to do. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.