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Everybody Loves Servants!

Patrick MArtin-Interim Pastor

September 25, 2022


Numbers 11:24-30


Big Idea: A mindset of servanthood is God’s antidote to grumbling.


2 Timothy 3:16-17 – God-breathed (theopneustos)


I. True Prophecy Begins and Ends With The Lord (vs. 24-26)


v. 25-26 - the Spirit (capital S) was placed on these men. That capital S means it’s the Old Testament manifestation on the 3rd Person of the Trinity: The Holy Spirit. God.


Prophecy isn’t Production. Prophecy is Reflection.


We don’t make this stuff up, nor can we claim to speak for the Lord. It’s the Lord who speaks through US!


Joel 2:28-29 - “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.


You know you. I know me. We both know that we are not qualified to be used by the Lord. We should be cast aside like the imperfect beings sin has caused us to become. But, even in that brokenness, that LOSTNESS, the Lord still draws us to Himself in salvation, and he draws us to serve others in sanctification.


SO, what does that mean for us? Well, it means that...

II. You Don’t Have to Be Special to Be Used by The Lord. You Just Have to Be Spirit-Filled. (vs. 27-30)


Remember who did the heavy lifting of your salvation? The Lord did, right? He kept his standard of perfection while offering His only Son, Jesus, to die in your place. He’s never made the stipulation that you have to be all put together to come to Him, nor does it mean you have to be all put to together to be USED by him.


He never said we had to be competent. We just have to be WILLING.


Who knew that better than Moses?


Exodus 4:10-12 – Moses says, “Lord, I’m not qualified. I don’t speak well.”

“The Lord said, you’re right! I’ll speak for you.”


Prophesying isn’t heavy lifting on our end. God uses our faithfulness to accomplish His work.


vs. 27-28 Unfortunately, Joshua seemed to have taken on a false notion that the gifting of prophesy only went to those with special qualifications. We preachers sometimes allow ourselves to fall into the trap that we must be the ones with all the answers, because that offers us job security.


Matthew 5:13 - That’s why Jesus has called us to be the “salt of the earth.”

Prophets must model the delicate balance between love and truth.


v. 29 - Moses reminds Joshua of what Martin Luther referred to as the “priesthood of the believer.” “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit on them!”


How can you be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit? How can you be “salt

of the earth” to those you meet this week?