Moses’s Unanswered Prayer.
Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them! (Numbers 11:29, NASB95)
When Moses desperately needed help in the leadership of the people of Israel, God blessed him with 70 elders, upon whom his Spirit rested, giving them the temporary ability to prophesy. This bothered Joshua, who became jealous for Moses’s sake. Upon hearing the complaint, Moses uttered the prayer that all of the Lords people would have the Spirit of God upon them.
On the day of Pentecost, God’s Spirit began to indwell every born again believer. I do not believe that this was the answer to Moses’s prayer. Rather, I think we find the answer to his prayer in a future day, described in Jeremiah 31:34 In this prophetic passage, Jeremiah teaches about a day in Israel when “they will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘know the Lord’.” Why will they not be teaching this? Not because of the great apostasy, but because “they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.” That is, there is a coming day in which all of Israel will be saved. In this coming day, Zechariah says that 10 Gentiles will grab hold of the cloak of a Jew because of his access to the Lord. And in that day, Moses’s prayer will be answered in full.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.
In His Grace;
Dr. Randy White
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