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    • #23241

      Go through the Old Testament, and list 5 people who were inspired by the Holy Spirit and state what He enabled them to achieve.

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    • #23366

      Five people in the old testament who were inspired by the Holy Spirit and what they achieved are as follows:
      1. Bezalel
      2. Gideon
      3. Daniel
      4. Samson
      5. Saul

      1. Bezalel- Exodus 31:3(NASB), ” I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship “. Bezalel was inspired by the Spirit of God to carryout several kinds of crafts. He was filled with wisdom and was enabled to be a skilled craftsman for the tabernacle.

      2. Gideon- Judges 6:34, “But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.” The Spirit of the Lord inspired Gideon into battle. Through the Spirit, he gained courage and strength from where he was (a place of weakness and fear). He was strategic in battle and could triumph over the Medianites by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

      3. Daniel- Daniel 5:11, ” There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods…” Daniel was inspired by the Holy Spirit to possess and display uncommon/supernatural intelligence, wisdom and insight in all his dealings and he ended up being recognized by king Nebuchadnezzar to whom he interpreted mysteries. Hence, he was made an overseer by the king.

      4. Samson- Judges 15:14, ” And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bonds loosed from off his hands.” Samson was enabled by the Holy Spirit to defeat his enemies and the enemies of Isreal. Through the Spirit, he was full of strength and power.

      5. Saul- 1 Samuel 19:23, “So Saul went to Naoith at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth.” The Spirit of God came upon Saul and by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Saul was given utterance to speak. This he did all that day and all that night. So much that people asked if he was among the Prophets.”

    • #23391


      1. Moses.

      I: In the Writing of the First 5 books of the Bible; Genesis – Deuteronomy.
      knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21
      ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness’ 2 Timothy 3:16.
      Holy spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. They didn’t speak of their own accord. They were inspired by the Holy Spirit
      Scriptures were first spoken before it was written. They were inspired to be written.
      They were written for our learning. Romans 15:4
      Moses wrote the first books of the Bible referred to as the Law.
      The Law and the Prophets makes up the Old Testament.
      ‘And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself’. Luke 24:27.
      Beginning at Moses would refer to the Books of the Bible written by Moses.
      See also Exodus 17:14, Numbers 33:1-2, John 5;46-47, Romans 10:4.

      2. Daniel
      There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. 12Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.” Daniel 5:11-12
      The Holy Spirit’s hand on Daniel caused Daniel to become an agent of change in the secular world by making him stand out amongst His peers. It also brought him recognition by those in authority. Daniel was an example of someone who brought the influence of the Kingdom to his sphere by simply positioning himself to receive from God; to be used by God. Daniel 1:8.
      He was a clear proof we don’t need the pulpit to effect a change.
      The Holy Spirit was Daniel’s advantage.
      See also Daniel 5;14.

      3. Saul
      Was set apart for Leadership. He received an enablement to lead the people.

      Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, “Has not the LORD anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the LORD and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies. And this shall be the sign to you that the LORD has anointed you to be prince over his heritage. 1 Samuel 10:1

      4. David
      i. The Holy Spirt came upon David to set him apart for Leadership, ; He empowered Him to carry out the task required of a King

      So, he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So, Samuel arose and went to Ramah. 1 Samuel 16:12-13

      ii. In the Writing of Scriptures (Psalms)
      2 Samuel 23:1-7, Mark 12:36
      David wrote the book of Psalm; He prophesied of things to come.
      David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ Mark 12:36

      5. Elisha
      i. The Holy Spirit inspired Elisha to Prophesy of what is to come; Ezekiel 2Kings 3 :12-15
      ii. He multiplied the Widows Oil and raises her Son from the dead 2Kings 4:1-7,18-37
      iii. He ended a famine in Israel 2 Kings 7

      • #23946

        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.

    • #23393


      5 people who were inspired by the Holy Spirit and what He enabled them to achieve.

      All the Miracles, Signs, Wonders, acts of Wisdom we read from the Old Testament were initiated or inspired through the help of the Spirit of God. Man is not of himself: God created man on earth for a purpose. So Man existence is for the purpose of God.

      In the Old Testament, God in the Person of the Holy Spirit Chooses whom He will use to accomplish a specific task or purpose needed at the moment. God communicated to the people of the Old Testament through Prophets, Priest, individual selected men/women to act upon as inspired by the Holy Spirit which was needed at that moment or for a period of time.

      1- Daniel; The book of Daniel in the Old Testament is a book where one will practically see the tangibility of the work of God as inspired by the Holy Spirit that brought great achievement to the Glory of God. Just to quote but few verses as I state below; Daniel 1:9,17,18,19,20, Daniel 2:24-49
      – Daniel and the three Hebrew boys were determined not to eat the food provided in the Royal palace, and decided to eat just vegetables which was really awkward for the purpose of their training in the palace. I believe it was the Holy Spirit inspired idea and at the end of the training Daniel and the 3Hebrew boys were chosen by the King for he found the 10times better.
      – In Daniel 2:1-49 Daniel was able to tell King Nebuchadnezzer his dream and the interpretation of it when all the magicians, astrologers, sorcerers could not. It was the Holy Spirit Inspired ideas that enabled Daniel. Then the king worshiped Daniel and made Daniel a great man.

      2- Joseph In the book of Genesis chapter 41; Pharaoh had two dreams and was disturbed because he didn’t understand the dream and needed an interpreter. The magicians, the Wise men of Egypt were told about the dream by Pharaoh and they couldn’t interpret either. Joseph was remembered and was brought out of Prison to interpret Pharaoh’s dream and the Spirit of God gave Joseph the interpretation of the dream then Pharaoh had his peace and made Joseph a ruler of Egypt after him.

      3- Joshua and the walls of Jericho; Joshua 6:1-27. After Joshua and the people of Israel have miraculously crossed the Jordan river. God instructed Joshua to match round the City of Jericho 7 times with the children of Israel to gain victory over the city. The city of Jericho was destroyed and the children of Israel took over the City. Joshua was inspired by the Holy Spirit.

      4- 1Samuel 16 and 17; David was anointed by Samuel as instructed by God. Samuel inspired by the Holy Spirit as He was able to identify David as the chosen one amongst his brothers and when David was anointed He killed Goliath.
      5. Numbers 22, 23 and 24; Balaam and His Donkey, Balaam and the people of Israel;
      The Donkey was enabled to Speak to Balaam as inspired by the Holy Spirit and Balaam Blesses the Children of Israel as inspired by the Holy Spirit even when Balaam has been paid by Balak.

    • #23398

      the Old testament has a rich record of the work of the spirit, but he was not poured out on all flesh under the old covenant, instead some selected few were filled with the holy spirit of God for specific assignment; like Joseph, Daniel, Elijah, Elisha, Moses, Ezekiel etc

    • #23427

      There is a man in your kingdom who has within him the spirit of the holy gods. During Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, this man was found to have insight, understanding, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your predecessor, the king—your predecessor King Nebuchadnezzar—made him chief over all the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers of Babylon. This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”
      Daniel 5:11‭-‬12 NLT

      Daniel was introduced by the queen, no hiding place. The act of God was so glaring upon him….
      He was identify as a true prophet of God or the one the almighty God is using without doubting because of results seen (right hand evidence of the power of God). Daniel stayed in the Faith and continually building preparing himself to be used by God. It wasn’t a one time thing. He stayed in the Faith.

    • #23511

      I. Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. Judges 3:7-11. God raised him as a deliverer to the children of Israel and used him to judge Israel. He went to war against the king of Mesopotamia whom they had been previously subservient to and prevailed over him. Before this inspiration of the Holy Spirit, nothing was known about this man. Israel had been in captivity for about eight years. The only mention of him before this time was in Joshua 15:16-17, where he was said to have smitten Kirjathseper and won the hand of Caleb’s daughter for wife. This was probably the only battle experience he had before this time. However, it is important to note that they had been in captivity for eight years before this work of the Holy Spirit and by this incredible inspiration of the Holy Spirit, such a man was raised by God as a deliverer for Israel, went to war against his captor king and prevailed. Hallelujah!!! The effect of this feat gave Israel peace for forty years under his rule as judge. This is in no way a light matter in the light of the effect of slavery and captivity in a person’s life.
      II. Gideon the son of Joash. Judges 6. By Gideon’s own testimony, he was the least of his father’s house, from a poor family in Manasseh. They had been in captivity to Midian for seven years at the time. God was patient and kind with Gideon in his doubt and obliged his every request in order to help him overcome them. In verse 34, we are told of the Spirit’s inspiration on Gideon and how the Israelites subsequently responded to his call. Their response to him was I believe, a result of this inspiration. Eventually he overcame whatever doubts he had left by the kind and patient workings of God. Then he went to war with three hundred men that were chosen from among about thirty two thousand men (32,000 men). And God gave them victory! Our background does not deter the inspiration of God’s Spirit in our lives. And while God may no longer work with fleece, He sure is still kind and patient with us and surely helps us overcome our doubt by the inspiration of His Spirit at work in us. Hallelujah!!!
      III. Then there is Samson the strong. Judges 13:25, 14:6. These passages show us clearly, that Samson’s strength and consequent exploits were not merely natural. His strength and exploits were a result of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit upon him. This implies that what God can do through us is never a measure of or restricted to our physical qualities, whatever they may be or not be. In verse 14, we are told of how he rent a lion with nothing but his bare hands after the Holy Spirit moved upon him mightily.
      IV. Saul the son of Kish is another who experienced this inspiration of the Holy Spirit. 1 Samuel 10:9-10. Saul was not a prophet, neither had he even prophesied before this time. This is why those who knew before this work of the Holy Spirit were surprised and rightly so. By the inspiration of God’s Spirit, he prophesied when he came into a company of prophets. The inspiration of God’s Spirit requires no status or experience.
      V. Lastly, there was Bazaleel. Exodus 31:1-6. He, alongside some other men, were able to, by the Spirit’s inspiration, work with Moses in the building of the tabernacle. These men were not priests nor prophets nor Kings. They were ordinary Jews that were chosen and inspired by God to carry out all manner of workmanship that is required in the building of the tabernacle. This shows that the Holy Spirit’s inspiration is not limited to ministry within the local Church but also outside of the local Church. Inspiration can be drawn from the Spirit in whatever work we do in the name of the Lord.

      • #23706

        In the old testament the Holy Spirit was not indwelling and His presence was not guaranteed always. There was temporary inspiration that came upon different men to carry out great and mighty feats for God.
        In the Old testament the Holy Spirit inspired all kinds of men.
        Great men and prophets such as Daniel, Ezekiel, Othniel, Joshua, Gideon etc just to name a few,produced outstanding results through the sometimes overwhelming inspiration of the Holy spirit.
        Prophets were able to write scriptures in such a way that there was unity in them . Even if some of the Prophets never knew or met themselves, this was able to be achieved through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This inspiration is what false prophets never had.
        The inspiration was not forced or triggered by them but the Prophets could put themselves in a place where they could recieve from God .

    • #23704

      1. JAHAZIEL ( The son of Zechariah)
      2Chronicles 20:14
      From the above scripture, it is seen that the Holy Spirit came upon Jahaziel to pass an instruction to the people of Judah.
      This instruction an guideline from the Holy Spirit came at a much needed time when the people of Judah where faced with an intending attack and invasion from the Moabites, the Ammonites and the people of battle .
      After the king heard about the attack that was coming against his people, He immediately sought the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout Judah.
      The people of Judah gathered together to ask for help from God and in the gathering the Holy spirit came upon Jahaziel and singled him out to pass a message and directives on how to overcome the battle ahead. ( 2samuel 20:15-17)
      Through there obedience to the instruction of the Holy spirit, The Lord went ahead of them and set ambushes against the people of Ammon, mount seir and Moab and they were defeated.
      The people of Judah through the help of the Holy Spirit were not only victorious but we’re able to find abundance of valuables on the dead bodies of there enemies.

      2. OTHNIEL
      Judges 3:10
      The Holy Spirit came upon Othniel in the time when the Israelites cried out to God in captivity of the king of Mesopotamia.
      It happened that the Israelites did evil in the sight of God and they forgot their God and served other gods. This act of the people of Israel brought the wrath of God upon them and God delivered them as captives to the King of mesopotamia.
      After 8years of captivity in the Land of Mesopotamia, the people of Israel cried out to God and God heard there cry. The Holy Spirit came upon Othniel and through the help of the Spirit he was raised up as a deliverer for the Children of Israel. He went out to war and the Lord delivered the King of mesopotamia ( Cushan Rishathaim ) into his hands and he prevailed over the King , And the children of Israel enjoyed 40 years of rest afterwards.

      3. SAUL
      1Samuel 10:10
      In the above scripture, it is seen that the Holy Spirit came upon Saul and empowered him with the ability to prophesy among prophets that came to meet him.

      4. SAMSON
      Judges 14:6
      It happened in the time when Samson went to Timnah with his parents to take a wife from the daughters of the Philistines. When they got to the vineyards of Timnah, a young lion roared against Samson and the Holy spirit came mightily upon him and gave him supernatural strength such that he was able to tear the lion apart.
      He was able to do what seemed impossible to man through the help of the Holy spirit.

      1Chronicles 12:18
      The Holy spirit came upon Amasai the chief of captains and empowered him to speak to David words of peace while David was fugitive from Saul at ziklag.

    • #23705

      In the old testament the Holy spirit was not indwelling but often came upon prophets and selected individuals. The Prophets even though couldn’t trigger the presence of the Holy Spirit but could put themselves in a position to be inspired by the Spirit. In the old testament, the people of God couldn’t be guaranteed of the presence of God always.
      The Holy spirit was responsible for the inspiration of the Prophets in the writing of the scriptures and this is what false prophets never had. These inspiration was not forced or triggered by the Prophets. Prophets and men such as Daniel, Ezekiel, Othniel, Gideon, Moses etc Just to name a few were able to carry out great and mighty feats for God through the sometimes overwhelming inspiration of the Holy spirit.

    • #24748


      Genesis 41:38-40 – gave wisdom and equipped and anointed for leadership and the salvation of Israel


      Exodus 31:2-5; 35:30, 31 – he wasfilled for the crafting of the tabernacle

      Eldad and Medad

      Numbers 11:26 – Elders who prophesied

      Moses and the Elders of Israel

      Numbers 11:16, 17, 25 – “rested on them”; cf Isaiah 63:11


      Numbers 27:18-23- indwelt him as a servant of Moses and a leader of Israel. See also Deuteronomy 34:9


      Numbers 24:2 – prophesied about Israel


      Judges 3:9, 10 – delivered Israel


      Judges 6:34 – came on Gideon to enable him to do exploits; lit. “clothed him”

    • #24773
      Soton Iselobhor

      It is understood that the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament was transitory in His direct dealings with man. Therefore, those on whom he was manifested, did not have him permanently. One sure thing, however, was that each time the Spirit manifested, the recipients would immediately go on to complete a mighty act requiring power or wisdom, or to speak a prophetic word. Some of these Old Testament recipients of the Holy Spirit namely: Othniel, Jephthah, David, Samson and Bezalel are considered below.
      1. Othniel – Judges 3:7-11
      Othniel was Caleb’s younger brother, the son of Kenaz. Scriptures record that at the time, the children of Israel were held captive as slaves serving under the hand of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia. This state of captivity was occasioned by the fact that the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God and worshipped the Baals and Asherahs. This captivity continued for eight years until the children of Israel cried out to the Lord for help. In response to their cry, the Lord answered by raising the man called Othniel to be their deliverer. In order to fully equip Othniel for the task, the Holy Spirit had to come upon him, empowering with wisdom and might. The work of the Holy Spirit was evident, in that He was able to judge Israel rightly, went to war and defeated Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia thereby delivering the children of Israel from slavery. The Bible also records that the land had peace for forty years after the mighty deliverance by Othniel, equipped by the Holy Spirit.
      2. Jephthah: Judges 11
      Jephthah was the son of Gilead who was rejected by his brethren as having no inheritance because he was born of a harlot. The Bible records that Jephthah fled from his people and dwelt the land of Tob with worthless men. “Fortunately,” the people of Ammon made war against Israel, and this caused the elders to seek Jephthah’s help. (At this point, I could not help but imagine how disappointed the elders would have been if their decision to seek out Jephthah (son of a harlot & rejected) turned out to be futile). Jephthah came on the scene and began to engage the king of Ammon; I believe he was attempting to resolve issues by dialogue. Verse 28 of Judges 11, records that the king of Ammon did not heed the words which Jephthah sent. At this point, Jephthah having tried dialogue and failed, the strategy had to change, and God stepped in. Verse 29 says: “Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah”. The Holy Spirit apparently infused Jephthah with enough courage to go to war with the people of Ammon and he came out victorious. Here, we see the Holy Spirit empowering a man who was rejected by his people, to become an agent of victory for his people.
      3. David- 1 Samuel 16:13
      David was one man who enjoyed the guidance of the Holy Spirit so much that he had a personal revelation of Him. In the scripture above the bible records that the Spirit of God came upon David when he was anointed by Prophet Samuel. He became a mighty warrior, defeating Goliath and leading the Israelite armies to many victories. In 1 Chronicles 18 the bible records that the Lord helped David to win all the battles that he fought. David was also a poet and musician, who composed numerous Psalms under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. David understood the advantage of the presence of the Holy Spirit with Him thus he prayed to God in Psalm 51: 11 not to take the Holy Spirit from him.
      4. Samson – Judges 13:25
      The Bible records in Judges 13:25 above, that the Spirit of the LORD began to move upon Samson. Samson’s incredible strength was greater than even the strongest of men in his time. The Spirit of the LORD” gave him supernatural strength to achieve great feats from time to time.
      In Judges 14:6, the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon Samson, and he tore a lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. In Judges 14:19, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty men on his own. In Judges 15:14-16, The Spirit of the Lord came upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands, after which, he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and killed a thousand men with it.
      5. Bezalel – Ex 31:1-5
      The scripture above refers to one Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, of whom God Himself said “…I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.” Through this enabling work of the Holy Spirit, God Himself raised Bezalel, amongst others to perform the task of building the tabernacle with excellence and precision.
      These individuals were among the many in the Old Testament who were inspired by the Holy Spirit and accomplished great things under His guidance.

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