Supervene! Supervene! Have you ever heard of the word supervene? More importantly, do you know the definition of supervene? It means to occur later than a specified or implied event or action, typically in such a way to change the situation. So how did the Holy Spirit work in the Old Testament and how did He supervene and get you, as Austin said, out of the ditch?
In Number chapter eleven Moses was leading the Israelites through the wilderness and the people wanted some meat to eat. Moses, unable to feed meat to all the people, went to God in prayer. So God told Moses to pick seventy elders. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, and took of the Spirit that was upon Moses, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them that they prophesied, but never again. The Spirit rested upon the Elders. Just like if you would take a hike in the mountains and decide to take a break and sit upon a big rock along the trail. You would rest upon the rock, so the Spirit rested upon the Elders.
The same word is used in those prophetic verses of Isaiah eleven verses one and two. There shall come forth a rod, from the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him.
In Judges Chapter thirteen, the Lord gave the Israelites into the hands of the Philistines for forty years. Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to the wife of Manoah, who was without a child, and told her she would have a child. Then the Angel of the Lord told her not to drink any alcohol, or eat anything unclean and not to cut the boys hair for he would be a Nazarite. Then the woman bore a son and called his name Samson, and the child grew and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him. The NIV says the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him. The word move or stir means to impel, to move, to agitate, to trouble. Oh that the Holy Spirit would impel us, to move us, to trouble us to agitate us in to being and doing all that He has for us.
In II Chronicles, with the guidance of the Jehoiada the Priest, the temple was restored under the reign of Joash, who became King at the age of seven. Many years later Jehoiada the Priest died and the people went and paid homage to the King, and Joash and the people soon abandoned the temple and turned and worshipped Asherah. Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah as he prophesied. The word for came there means to wrap around or to clothe. The Holy Spirit wrapped or clothed Himself around Zachariah as he prophesied to the Joash and the people of Judah.
There are many more examples, but it seems the Holy Spirit was at work in the Old Testament through selected individuals to guide and to prophesy to Israel. Then we come to John 7:39 up to that time the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified. The Holy Spirit had not yet been given, but after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and His ascension into heaven, His glorification, the Holy Spirit was given to all those who would believe in Jesus Christ. Now the Holy Spirit lives within each and every believer. As the prophet Joel wrote, the Holy Spirit has been poured out.
In Acts 1:8 the Bible says, but you shall receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you. You will receive power after the Holy Spirit supervenes. There’s that word supervene. When you became a Christian the Holy Spirit supervened in your life; an event happened in your life that brought about change. The Holy Spirit sanctified you; He set you apart as a child of God. When you accepted Jesus Christ into your life the Holy Spirit lifted you out of the ditch! The initial work of sanctification was done in your life.