We’re continuing with our study, to deepen our acquaintance with the Person of the Holy Spirit as found in our Bibles. With this understanding, may our desire and hunger to know Him in His various ways deepen ever more.
Note that the Old Testament is best interpreted in the light of the New. The same Holy Spirit who made His grand entrance to the earth to begin the dispensation of the Church of Jesus Christ and to operate through it, is the same Spirit who worked through the prophets, priests and yielded kings of the Old Testament. We can trace His actions and interpret them in light of what the Word says He does today.
We have found Him in Genesis. Though we haven’t exhausted all His actions there, let’s find Him in the book of Exodus. We know that after Joseph died, God’s covenant people Israel found themselves in slavery under the Egyptians. This is a prophetic picture of humanity wallowing in sin and shame. Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law when he encountered a manifestation of the Holy Spirit as described in Exodus 3:1-6. He encountered the Spirit as a fire that burned in a bush but did not consume it and out of that fire came the direction, the power and the ability to go and set God’s people free from slavery and lead them to the promised good land of their inheritance.
In the New Covenant, Jesus said: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” as recorded in Acts 1:8.
When Moses encountered the fire of God, he became a vessel of deliverance for God’s people. When we encounter the Person of the Holy Spirit, His fire and passion burns in our hearts to do what God has called us to do. The more you spend time with the Holy Spirit, the more His ‘heart’ becomes your heart and His desire become your desire. You begin to see what He sees and to hear what He hears.
Jesus said when the Holy Spirit comes, this is what will happen: John 16:14 He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you. AMP
The burning bush typified the fire of the Holy Spirit burning for the salvation of the oppressed. There’s no one on the earth who is more passionate about the winning of the lost and the deliverance of people than the Holy Spirit. He desires to destroy the chains of sin and shame from every life. One of His paramount works is to give you a passion and set you ablaze with the fire of evangelism.
Moses had a strong call of God on his life. But it took an encounter with the fire of the Holy Spirit to step into it. Each of us has been called to ministry, particularly to the ministry of reconciliation. The Holy Spirit is ready to help us in that.
However it is our responsibility to stir up the gift of God within us. The Holy Spirit is always ready, but when we stir up ourselves, we rise up in our awareness of His help. 2 Tim 1:6 Amplified Bible says: That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you…
Brethren, let His passion and fire burn in you as you spend time in His presence.