BY REV. Nothing is known of these two men beyond the incident recorded in the Book of Numbers; but this is so remarkable and significant, that it well repays careful study. The Israelites had been once more displaying suspicion and ingratitude. Turning with loathing from the manna, they whimpered, like spoilt children, for the fish and flesh they had enjoyed in Egypt, and murmured against God and against Moses. The patience of their leader, under this new provocation, completely broke down, so that he went so far as to accuse God Himself of being a hard taskmaster, who had laid too much upon him. With infinite forbearance, allowance was made for the manner in which Divine counsel and help had been asked for, and the promise was graciously fulfilled, "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.
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He had given the Spirit of God to seventy men, elders of the people of Israel. Anointing them for special service, to help Moses the Man of God as he "bore the burden" of leadership over those millions of Jews, these men had congregated around the Tent of Meeting which was yet outside the Israeli encampment.
And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
That could border on "gossip! The verb "told" is "nagad," to report, to declare or to expound! Both "run" and "told" are imperfects, picturing continuous action.
Quite a scene was apparently created! The "young man," a "naar" in Hebrew, is really just a lad. Maybe even a young slave. On the other hand it is rendered "youth" 6 times as well. The ability to "hold" information, not blabbing it everywhere. Even young people included!
And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.
Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him. Thank God for that young man! I sometimes wonder if those forty men died of starvation!
But apparently this "Eldad and Medad" situation was not that serious! God is not upset with these two, nor is Moses! Discernment is not a bad trait to couple with verbosity!
Then again, maybe real discernment cures verbosity! Be careful telling "all" you know about a subject! Or do not attend our meetings! Or are not "in fellowship" with our crowd!
Caution is always wise! That we must not condemn. Walk "circumspectly" Paul teaches us. But God can certainly use those "different" people, those "eccentric" preachers What a truth to remember today! I do suspect that overall the Bible says a lot more about "separation" than "cooperation" even. So, with this unusual emphasis today Calling fire down from Heaven is not always the answer!
So one would think! But there is a problem! Or Joshua believes it to be a problem anyway! Two of the men, Eldad and Medad, did not attend the meeting Moses held out at the Tabernacle. It was still "outside" the camp. Yes, these two "independent" Brethren, again I mean Eldad and Medad, remained "in the camp" and preached. Anyone could have easily seen that "the place to be" was out at the Tabernacle.
What non-conformity does Eldad and Medad seek to promote? Why are they so non-cooperative? Surely they must be rebuked! Therefore: "Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. It means "Jehovah is Salvation! The noun "servant" is enlightening too. But "sharath," unlike its counterpart "ebed," often carries the idea of religious service.
Plus the designation "young man," which is "bechuroth," means a "select" young man, "special" and significant! No problem here! Commendable, Joshua! Thus far we see young Joshua only in a good light!
And rightly so! Perhaps it is a small shortcoming, but it must be addressed nonetheless. The Bible records it clearly. Moses, stop these two men! They are not in our group! They are not geographically sanctified! Joshua will learn his lesson and things will be fine! Much like the Disciples did one day with Jesus! And they did not receive him.
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
And they went to another village. Or again, "And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
For he that is not against us is on our part. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. How to become more mellow, more gracious, less abrasive! That is, to others who faithfully preach the Word of God!
Who are filled with the Spirit of truth! As were Eldad and Medad obviously! He is a most loyal follower! Again, bravo, Joshua! But there is no sign such in out Text. No harm meant to Moses! Eldad and Medad gave no cause for concern regarding heresy or insurrection! Neither in our Text today or in the years of ministry that followed. Could it have been a sign of incipient isolationism? Joshua will watch carefully! He and his house will be serving the Lord!
And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. As long as God is smiling upon their action! And son, even more so, keep on living for God! Thank God for Joshua! But also thank God for Eldad and Medad! Thank Him for all His true Bible-honoring, devil-fighting, godly-living Preachers everywhere!
Eldad and Medad
Two men, Eldad and Medad, however, remained behind in the camp. The Spirit rested upon them, and they prophesied in the camp. Joshua, however, beckoned Moses to incarcerate them. Moses rejoined: "Are you being zealous for my sake? And was Joshua motivated by his impression that Eldad and Medad were supplanting him, causing him envy?
ELDAD AND MEDAD (Modad according to the Septuagint):
He had given the Spirit of God to seventy men, elders of the people of Israel. Anointing them for special service, to help Moses the Man of God as he "bore the burden" of leadership over those millions of Jews, these men had congregated around the Tent of Meeting which was yet outside the Israeli encampment. And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. That could border on "gossip!
BEHAALOTECHA: Eldad and Medad
The story, however, is of unusual significance and merits sustained reflection. The incident is really a subunit within the larger framework of Numbers 11 as a whole, where we are told how God provided Moses with a special group of seventy elders who would serve as his assistants in his dealings with the tumultuous people. First Samuel —7. Everything seemed to proceed as planned. Moses gathered the elders and placed them around the tent of meeting. God came down in a cloud and spoke to Moses, and conferred some of the spirit that was on Moses onto the elders. Just then, however, a new development is reported.