In Old Testament times the Holy Spirit came upon individuals for empowerment for service, but not for salvation.
An amazing life that was marked by success and favor in all ramifications was found in Daniel. What made this possible?
Dan 5:12 Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel… NKJV
King Darius realized there was more to Daniel than mere intellect. Daniel interpreted dreams. Prayed with effectiveness. He understood visions. He flowed in prophecy. He experienced the Spirit of faith and the working of miracles that even shut hungry lions’ mouths from consuming him when he was thrown into a lions’ den.
The Spirit on David
When God chose David to replace Saul as king over Israel, the prophet Samuel anointed him with oil, “and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward” (1 Samuel 16:13). This is when he received the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said in Matthew 23:43: “He asked them, “How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’”
The Spirit on Moses
The Spirit of God also rests on Moses (Numbers 11:16-17, 25). The Spirit is the key to his relationship with God, as well as his ability to lead
When the people worship the golden calf, God is angry. He will forgive, but says he will send an angel instead of his own Presence.