Today’s reading: Num 8:1–9:23, John 16:5–33, Ps 9:8–20
Today’s theme: The work of the Holy Spirit
Today we read about the wondrous work of the Holy Spirit in bringing conviction of sin, regeneration (salvation) and in teaching and leading the believer. Give God thanks for God the Holy Spirit.
Set aside for God
“Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the people of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine. Numbers 8:14 (ESV)
Like the Levites, God has called us out to be set aside from the world, so that we can serve Him in His kingdom, for His glory and our joy. (2 Cor 6:17, 1 Peter 2:9 and Rev 1:16).
God is gracious
“Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If any one of you or of your descendants is unclean through touching a dead body, or is on a long journey, he shall still keep the Passover to the LORD. In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight they shall keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Numbers 9:10–11 (ESV)
God is gracious in that He gives the unclean an opportunity, a month later, to observe the passover. This shows how essential the passover was.
God, our guide
At the command of the LORD the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the LORD they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. Numbers 9:18 (ESV)
This was pointing forward to the Holy Spirit guiding us. We shouldn’t make any big moves without God’s guidance.
The work of the Holy Spirit
And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: John 16:8 (ESV)
Thank God for the Holy Spirit’s work in the world to convict sinners of sin. Without the drawing of the Holy Spirit, none of us could be saved or truly understand sin, righteousness or judgement.
John 16 tells us that none can be saved without the work of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit, our teacher
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. John 16:13 (ESV)
Even though we have God’s word in the bible, without the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit, we will never really know God’s truth and revelation through Jesus, as we ought to. God’s Holy Spirit is our guide and teacher.
Pray and receive full joy
Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24 (ESV)
Prayer and making requests to God in Jesus’ name, will make our joy full. You will not enjoy your Christian life without prayer.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014.
The Gospel Coalition on John 16