Numbers 11.24, 25 – God gave Moses seventy helpers

Moses asked God for help in dealing with the massive job of leading Israel through the wilderness, which included feeding them (Numbers 11.11–15).

God expressed that He would fulfill the request of Moses (Numbers 11.16). And so this happen,

“So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle. Then the LORD came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again” (Numbers 11.24, 25).

Did Moses think to himself that he needed seventy men to help him? I do not know, but this illustrates that often God does far more for us than what we originally thought we wanted. Truly, as Paul said,

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3.20, 21).


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