The Holy Spirit as “Transgressive”: How God Breaks Down Our Boxes

At Experimental Theology, Richard Beck (Abilene Christian University) has a great series of posts about “The Transgressive Spirit,” how the Holy Spirit in Acts repeatedly breaks the boundaries that the believers place on him.

In Numbers 11 Moses is struggling under the load of leadership. So God tells him to gather seventy elders to help him lead the people. (Numbers 11.16-17) …

Moses gathers the seventy elders around the tabernacle and the spirit of God falls upon them and they begin to prophesy. (Numbers 11.24-25) …

But something strange also happened. For some reason, two of the appointed seventy elders, Eldad and Medad, did not go with Moses to the tabernacle but remained behind in the camp. Still, the spirit of God fell upon them and they prophesied back in the camp. (Numbers 11.26-27) …

Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”

But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” (Numbers 11.29)

This is a great series of brief posts, challenging our conception of where and how God can work.


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