As many of you know, several years ago, golly, it must have been 10 or 11 years ago, the Lord led me to read Torah. Sure, like many of you, I had read it many times, but that time, He instructed me to read it again, the Spirit of God truly got involved with my reading!
As I began reading, the passages began to open for me as never before and I began to see things and my understanding of the passages were amazing! Well, as it so happened, about seven years ago, I began sending these Morning Messages to about six to seven people, and to those who were receiving them, I shared what I was learning.
In fact, the message I am giving you this morning is a revision of a message I sent in 2009. I want you to see how what call the “Old Testament,” is actually the foundation of everything that we, as disciples of Jesus, believe.We are going to start by reading 1st Samuel 10:6:
“the Spirit of ADONAI will fall on you; you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man!
What? It says that after the Holy Spirit falls on Saul, he will prophesy, and then he will be turned into a new man! You have got to be kidding me? Doesn’t that sound like Pentecost, to you?
Oh but it gets better; verse 7 goes on to say that once all these signs have come over Saul he is to go ahead and do whatever he feels led to do because God is with him. Actually, the Hebrew is literally saying that Saul is to “do what your hand finds.”
Now, compare this with the prophet Nathan’s answer to King David in I Chronicles 7:3 where he says, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for Yehoveh is with you.”
In truth, they are being told to surrender themselves to the divine impulse, with the assurance that if it is of God, He is with you and is directing your movements. And somehow this is in co-operation with your own mind and free will. Isn’t this exactly what a Christian today would call being led by the Holy Spirit?
Folks, it is all about patterns; God patterns. Our understanding of God and of His Word isn’t predicated on searching His Word for “why” but on “which pattern.” The New Testament did not establish any new patterns; they simply fulfilled and continued on the patterns that were established earlier. What I am saying is that when we toss the Old Testament aside, then we toss aside the establishment of all the patterns of God and we cannot recognize them in the New Testament. The result is that we come up with some wild and off-the-mark explanations. And right here is a perfect example. That’s right, in the Old Testament, a pattern was established that will be seen again (and God’s people are supposed to recognize it) in the New Testament. It is a pattern that will be followed both by Jesus and by those who follow Him.
If you continued on to verse 9, you see that as soon as Saul (Sha’ul) was anointed with oil (symbolic of the coming of the Holy Spirit), God gave him a new heart! Whoa! It is almost as if we have traveled through a time tunnel from 1020 BC to 30 AD! Every Christian knows that once there is a sincere profession of faith in Jesus Christ we are considered as a new man with a new heart. But we were taught that kind of thing is only available after the resurrection of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit! What does it mean that Saul, an Old Testament character, became a new man and got a new heart? I mean, this is saying that Yahweh so affected Saul’s inmost being that he became a new person with a new understanding. Saul began to feel differently and was having deeper emotions; he began to think differently.
When Saul arrived at the place called the Hill of God (Giv’ah Elohim) and found the group of prophets (that Samuel told him about) the Spirit of God descended on him and he began to prophesy just like those prophets. Then, when a group of people who had known Saul for several years witnessed what was happening, they were stunned and confused. Everyone knew that Saul didn’t come from a line of Prophets, and he was certainly never declared a Prophet. He was never trained as a Prophet, he was just an ordinary man. So how could he possibly know what he seems to know and speak that way?
Well, turn to the second chapter of Acts:
The festival of Shavu‘ot arrived, and the believers all gathered together in one place. Suddenly there came a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire, which separated and came to rest on each one of them. They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
Now there were staying in Yerushalayim religious Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd gathered; they were confused, because each one heard the believers speaking in his own language.
Totally amazed, they asked, “How is this possible? Aren’t all these people who are speaking from the Galil? How is it that we hear them speaking in our native languages? We are Parthians, Medes, Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Y’hudah, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome; Jews by birth and proselytes; Jews from Crete and from Arabia…! How is it that we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things God has done?” Amazed and confused, they all went on asking each other, “What can this mean?” But others made fun of them and said, “They’ve just had too much wine!” —Acts 2:1-13
The Holy Spirit was acting on men with such profound effect that it made them speak in ways that didn’t seem possible, or to see things they couldn’t possibly see, certainly happened in the New Testament, but it also happened centuries earlier in the Old Testament era. How could it be?
Patterns. Follow the patterns our God had already established, several thousand years ago.
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