Paul Wants to Be Like Moses

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One Untimely Born (Paul)

As I read along in Numbers, I keep seeing things that Paul has latched on to.

Par example…

Paul says (1 Cor 14.5-9, 24):

Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

6Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? 7If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? 8And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? 9So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said?…24 If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?”

The punch line to this whole thing is at the bottom, but let’s focus on the bugle thing first.  Look at Numbers 10.1-3, 9:

1The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2Make two silver trumpets. Of hammered work you shall make them, and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for breaking camp3And when both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the entrance of the tent of meeting. …9And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies.

The bugle gets two things to happen which Paul uses in 1 Cor 14:

  1. Gets the congregation to assemble
  2. Gets the congregation to be ready for battle by breaking camp while making a memorial directed at God.

Having established the passage connection, notice another huge one, which we see when God gives “the Spirit which is on Moses” out to the 70 elders, and two have not shown up at the elder assembly.  They were caused to prophecy even in the camp, and Joshua wants to help by saying, “My lord Moses, stop them!”  What is Moses’ reply?

29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” (Num 10.29)

Remember that?

Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. (1 Cor 14.5).

Paul’s heart is Moses’ ministry desire too.


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