“A man in whom is the Spirit”

Numbers Bible Background

03.01.2018 – Old Testament: Num 27.18–21

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 24–27 on March 1, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Knowing of his impending death, Moses prayed to the Lord for a man to replace him, and the Lord answered,

And the LORD said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire before the LORD for him by the judgment of the Urim. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, he and all the children of Israel with him—all the congregation” (Numbers 27.18–21).

The first thing the Lord said of Joshua was that the Spirit dwelt in him. Joshua also had the skills necessary to lead a nation, having learned from Moses, whom he had served for forty years, but the number one thing about this man was that he had the Spirit.

We know of no miracle that Joshua performed before this. No, he showed that the Spirit inhabited him by the way that he lived.


  • Does your manner of life show that you have the Spirit?
  • What do you need to change to show the Spirit in your life?

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