And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; (Isaiah 11:2 KJV)
Deshen Daily continues with a mini-series on the Holy Spirit. We will briefly look at an intriguing and perplexing concept in the Bible that has been variously described as the seven spirits of God or the sevenfold Spirit of God. Please re-read Isaiah 11:2 above, and note the number of descriptors used to describe the Holy Spirit’s work in the coming Messiah. There are 7 of them.
There are two major images in the Bible that beautifully illustrate this glorious truth. The first is the Lampstand in the Tabernacle and the second is the description of the Spirit upon Jesus.
The Lampstand, or Menorah as depicted in the image above had a central stem and three pairs of branches. See for yourself how Isaiah 11:2 vividly pictures this. Did you notice the one central stem “the Spirit of the LORD” and the three pairs of branches?
The second helpful image that describes this sevenfold Spirit is the Anointed One Himself, that is, Christ. Revelations 5:6 says:
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” (Revelation 5:6 KJV)
The number 7 is both literal here but also symbolic of fullness. The Holy Spirit came upon the prophets in a measure, but He was on Christ without measure. Well, that is how He is in you too!
What is the relationship between the central stem of the menorah and the three pair of branches?
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Your knowledge of the Holy Spirit matters. Grow in your knowledge and fellowship with Him. I will continue with this mini-series tomorrow.
Ask the Father and He will open your understanding to the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
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