Moses’ Wish [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — July 11, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
Jesus is delighted to share His own life with you – His own joy, His own Spirit. He is delighted to take of that which should have been exclusively reserved for Him and share that rich, endless blessing with you.
Today’s Text: “But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”” (Numbers 11:29, ESV)
In Numbers 11 we learn of 70 elders of Israel who prophesied under the anointing of the Spirit. The text highlights two men, Eldad and Medad, who had not prophesied at the tent of meeting but back in the camp. Joshua pleaded with Moses to stop the novice prophets. Moses’ response was shocking: “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”
Years ago, when our family was granted a summer long sabbatical, I was surprised at the concern of several pastor friends. Aren’t you concerned to be gone so long? Aren’t you worried that your Associate might try to take over the church while you’re gone?
In the first place, these pastoral colleagues didn’t understand the way it works in the denomination with which I’m affiliated. Simply put, the denominational structure would never allow for such a coup d’état. But, more importantly, the Associate who would be preaching and leading in my absence is one of the best friends I’ve ever had and is like a son to me. I love him and want only the best for him. He loves me and wants only the best for me.
So, when I returned from my months away and parishioners began to sing my Executive Pastor’s praise for his excellent leadership and top notch preaching, my heart danced with joy. I was delighted that he flourished. His success was my delight. In that sense, his success was my success.
Joshua didn’t understand that Moses’ glory would not be diminished by others prophesying. Moses was a deliverer – a representative of God to see His people free. Moses delighted that these two men felt free to prophesy. Moses was a mediator. He was delighted for his people to experience closeness with God.
Hebrews 2 describes Jesus as a better Mediator than Moses. If Moses delighted to share his spiritual giftedness with the people, how much more does Jesus delight in sharing His life and gifts and joy with you. Jesus wants you to experience what He experiences of the Father. And that’s the Gospel!