Kingdom Cravings

Recorded by Tan Lay Leng

25 May 2020 Monday
Pastor Henson Lim

As we count up to Pentecost, focusing more sharply on the things of the Spirit of the King, Ps Henson was led to Numbers 11, a passage that is not often linked to Pentecost.

Kingdom Language

In Numbers 11:29, Moses’ utterance that “all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!” was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell on more than 120 of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4).

First, observe that they started speaking with other tongues. 

And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

Acts 2:8-11

The ‘other tongues’ is ‘our own tongues’ or a language that people will understand. When the Holy Spirit falls on us, there is a language of the kingdom that we will receive. Our language will be impacted by the Spirit of the King and we will utter things differently. 

In Joel 2:28, Joel says that when God’s Spirit is poured on all flesh, we will prophesy. Prophetic utterance is simply a declaration of who the King is and what the kingdom is all about. The Spirit of the King gives His people the ability to speak in a language to proclaim who the King is, what the kingdom of God is all about and the wonderful works of the King. 

We will speak in a language to declare Jesus and His kingdom to people around us in ways they can understand. Imagine speaking kingdom language to different ethnic groups, different age groups, people from different tongues and tribes and backgrounds that they may also understand who the Spirit of the King is and His kingdom!

God wants to use you to speak and declare the good news of His kingdom!

Kingdom Leverage

While kingdom language is about proclaiming, kingdom leverage is about partnership in kingdom things.

Back to Numbers 11. Moses complained to the LORD that the burden of leading the people was too heavy to bear and the Lord said to Moses,

Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.

Numbers 11:16-17

The Holy Spirit given to us gives us kingdom leverage. He helps us lift a load that is way heavier than what we can bear. Through the people around us, enabled by the same Spirit, we share in the load of the kingdom.

So the Lord took of the Spirit that was upon Moses, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and when the Spirit also rested on two young men in the camp, Joshua said, “Moses my lord, forbid them!” Then Moses said to him that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!

Numbers 11:25-29

Moses desired that the LORD would put His Spirit upon all, that all would be able to prophesy. The work of the kingdom needs a leveraging, a partnership, a sharing of the load across all people. Because of the Spirit of the King in us, all would partner one another, not just the 12 apostles, not just the 120 (and more). Peter declared all flesh would receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:17) and this is for kingdom partnership. This is not reserved for the elite few, not just for the elders or pastors or the clergy but for all of us who believe in the King and His kingdom. 

You have kingdom language and kingdom leverage.

Kingdom Longing

Kingdom language and kingdom leverage begins with a kingdom longing. It must start with a longing to seek after the things of the kingdom – kingdom cravings! It all began with Moses’ craving: Moses cried out to God, craving that everyone would be prophets for the King. 

Yet, a craving could go wrong if it is of the flesh! 

There was a mixed multitude among the people of the kingdom and when the mixed multitude “yielded to intense craving; the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat?” (Numbers 11:4)

Observe how the people of the kingdom looked at the mixed multitude and they started to crave too. It was a fleshly craving, not led by the Spirit of the King, and it manifested into a sense of entitlement, leading to complaints about the leaders. 

Are you blaming the leaders or tearing down the church because your cravings are not satisfied?

A wrong longing will come out in a wrong language of complaints and grumbles, as well as a wrong leverage towards even more negativity. Left unchecked, this will give rise to rebellion against the leaders and disputes with one another.

God told Moses that He would give them their request – their fleshly cravings – but He sent them leanness into their soul (Psalm 106:14-15) 

We do not want leanness into our soul. We have been praying for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the LORD says when we believe in Him out of our bellies should come abundance of rivers of living waters (John 7:38). Why would we want leanness of souls when the Lord desires to give us lavishness of life, by His Spirit?

Is your craving a fleshly one or a kingdom one? What are you longing for? Be careful what we ask for. 

Who are you hanging out with? In the body of Christ, there is a mixed multitude. Mix with the wrong crowd, get the wrong craving, and we start wanting entitlement for ourselves. 

What about ourselves? Do we have a mixed heart? Let’s be set apart for the LORD.

Our language will betray our longings. Out of abundance of heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). What is our language? Do we complain and gripe? We should be speaking kingdom language and prophesying the praises of the King.

Do we contribute to a kingdom leverage? Are we helping someone as we move on kingdom partnerships or are we adding to the load? Do we overflow with the lavishness of what Jesus has come to give us (John 10:10) or do we have leanness in our soul?

Kingdom Love

Isn’t all this kingdom love? How do we love someone? How do we leverage upon the Holy Spirit so that we can help someone and speak the kingdom language, which is love?

Our longing for the things of the kingdom starts with an aligning with the things of the kingdom. We come to a desperation that we really need the Holy Spirit. The disciples spent 40 days with the King, listening to things pertaining to the kingdom. A longing would have been stirred, and they started to pray for the Holy Spirit to bring alive the word of the King. 

As God releases us, may we live out the love of the kingdom and speak the language of the kingdom, to leverage with the Holy Spirit and with one another.

But it all begins with a right longing. Crave the kingdom.

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