Ezekiel 8:1: And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.
In the bible the result of the hand of the Lord coming upon a person are: seeing vision (for Ezekiel in the focus verse [Ezekiel 8:1-3]), speaking the word of God (Elisha [2Kings 3:9]) and supernatural strength (Elijah [1Kings 18:24-25], Samson [Judges 13-16]).
The hand of God coming upon Ezekiel leads him into a trance. He saw into the realm of the spirit, he received message from God in video form. With the hand of God on Ezekiel, God enables him to see the way that he sees, supernaturally.
So also the hand of God on you causes you to gain the perception of God. But that will only happen when you make the effort to be close to him.
Rebuking certain prophets for not presenting his mind to the people, God said that if they had stood in his council (Jeremiah 23:9-27), if they were close to his heart, they will be able to communicate his mind and lead the people to repentance, averting judgment, but now with the falsehood of the prophets, forming things in their own minds to say to the people; and with the people continuing in their errors, the judgment of God was inevitable.
The hand of God comes upon you to see the way he sees, see his perspective about things, interpretation of the past, present and future; because the devil would want nothing more than to get you and I confused.
So God counters his efforts with his grace. The bible says that God is able to make all grace abound towards you (2Corinthians 9:8), and that grace will cause an abounding in you against Satan’s plot for confusion.
God abounds towards you in his grace, causing results in your life that will not be possible otherwise, one of which is seeing the way that he sees.
For Habakkuk to see the way God sees, he took time out to separate himself to seek God. He did not presume that he knows the mind of God, and God did not feel obligated to tell him his mind if he doesn’t want to know it (Habakkuk 2:1-4).
By taking time out to seek God, Habakkuk showed the premium he placed on gaining God’s viewpoint. Moses, before he was commissioned by God to build a tabernacle for him in the wilderness, had to be with God on a mountain, eating no food for a period of time, so that he can build “according to the pattern shown to him on the mount (Exodus 24:14-18, 25:40).” He cannot presume to build anything except from the elevated perspective of God, that he gained while on the mountain of seeking.
Even before he was asked to come near to God high on the mountain, he stayed on a lower plain for seven days. The lesson is that though you have started to seek God to gain his perspective, you have need for endurance, have need for patience, to realise your objectives.
King Jehoshaphat of Judah and King Ahab of Israel together went to war with the other nations, and in the process, the combined armies of these two kings came to a point where there was no water and the whole army was in imminent danger of perishing from thirst, and not for lack of skill and strategy in battle.
In a dilemma, the good king, Jehoshaphat initiated the attempt to seek out a prophet. They sought out Elijah but he was so infuriated by the present of the evil king Ahab that he almost refused to attend to them.
He thereafter asked that a musician should play and he was able to get into the mood of receiving from God. The hand of God thereafter fell on him and he was able to deliver the word of God for the moment.
The word of God gave them a commandment, that they should make ditches which will be filled with water and also that the enemy will be routed supernaturally.
The role of music in the story is very instructive. The music helped to create an atmosphere of heaven, and move the prophet into that realm, it overcame the bad presence of the evil king Ahab, and Elisha was able to reach God.
There seems to be a relationship between the hand of God coming into operation in the life of a man and music.
The man who typifies the perfect blend of music and the prophetic is David. He was called the sweet psalmist of Israel (2Samuel 23:1-2), and the hand of God was upon him, as he made many prophetic statements, many about Jesus Christ many years before time.
The hand of the Lord came upon Elijah for speed and he outran horses (1Kings 18). That was a show of superhuman strength. It is not something you see frequently. Another notable man in the bible who had the hand of God come upon him was Samson (Judges 13-16).
He exhibited super human strength, single-handedly killing a thousand men with the jaw bone of an ass. He removed the gate of a city and carried it on his shoulder up a mountain; he tore off the jaw of a lion as if it was nothing; he pushes over the pillars of a large building, killing many people in it. He caught thirty foxes, tied their tails together setting it on fire, burning up the fields of his enemy.
The Spirit of the Lord comes upon Samson for him to do these extraordinary works. The hand of God coming upon a man is definitely the operation of the Spirit of the Lord in releasing supernatural vision, word and strength.
It tallies with the word of Joel, which Peter quoted (Acts 2:15-21), that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will result in the multiplication of vision, dreams (supernatural seeing experiences) and prophecy (supernatural speaking experiences) on the earth in the life of the people.
Jesus said that we shall receive power after the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) (the hand of the Lord) shall come upon us, that power is expressed unusual abilities (supernatural doing experiences).
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