Part 2 – Positioning For Selection and Invitation
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Ex 24:1 (kjv)
“And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the Lord, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel”
What criteria of men does God seek to open up this heavenly phenomenon to? Initially,in the journeying of the people of Israel, the upward experience on the mountain was opened up to one man only-Moses. But later on, God extended this gracious privilege to a number of people as well.
Aside the man Aaron who was a biological relation of the man of God Moses, there were also them that were known as the Elders of Israel. Combing through the Pentateuch, a careful look at their lives point out that their attitude towards their man of God Moses, and the work of the ministry made them stand out, catching the attention of God to be invited by Grace. (It must be understood first of all, that it is by a work of Grace to be selected, but also, one’s attitude toward the things of God puts a person in a position to receive that grace.)
Before we proceed, a simple understanding of how God works with people must be brought to light. He does not move with crowds of people at a time. The Word of God shows how he picks up one man, works on him, then makes him a company of people to execute the divine assignment he has fashioned them for. As a case-study, and a shadow, we see Moses, Elisha, David and ultimately the man JESUS had their lives and ministries follow after the pattern of this principle. (Moses and the elders, Elisha and the sons of the prophets, David and his mighty men, and Jesus and his twelve disciples)
Right from the first assignment God gave Moses, these men, however ‘crazy’ Moses would have sounded to narrate that God (whom they thought had neglected them) had appeared to him, sent him with a ‘stick’ to command the ‘super-power’ of the century – Pharaoh to release the people of God, someway somehow believed the word and rallied behind him.
God however seeing the disposition of their hearts did not hesitate to enlist them in his guests for a holy banquet, and ultimately imparting them with the same spirit he placed in Moses the man of God.
Numbers 11:25 accounts “And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders…”
One thing to note is that to be selected and invited by God into the heavenlies is not a matter of a ‘fun-fair’ nor ‘window-shopping’. It has everything to do with the dream of God, a transgenerational work that has to be carried out upon the earth, via the work of the ministry.
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Wanting to have a special heavenly invitation is a graciously honorable thing to desire, but what is your motive? are you one who has God’s dream at heart? seeking to see God’s eternal dream fulfilled? Selah