Eldad and Medad (Modat) was a short book of lines, longer than Ephesians ( ), shorter than 2 Corinthians (). Of it we have one. Six men out of each of the twelve tribes were summoned to the Tabernacle, solemnly set apart and filled with the Spirit — but two of the men — 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.

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Instead of beginning with an angry rebuke, help and relief are first given, and then in a few calm words the needed counsel is proffered.

It was in a spirit of patient love that God appointed elders from among the people to help his over-wrought servant and share his heavy burden. The difficulty I find in acquiescing in Lightfoot’s conjecture is that I do not quite see whom Eldad and Medad would be addressing.

Judah ha-Nasi who many years after the plot against his father bore a grudge against R. It surely confirms our belief that the word of God is not bound. Amram did so, married again, and Eldad and Medad were his offspring. The evidence of their call lay in their fitness for the work, and their fitness was due to the gift of the Spirit.

Gordon, Ugaritic Manualglossary, no. Thereupon God said, “Because you have humbled yourselves, I will add to your greatness yet more greatness” Sanh. So also my people hath had unquietnesses and afflictions: No man therefore has the right to forbid any preacher from exercising his functions on the ground that his orders are not regular, or because he has not been recognised by an Episcopate, a Presbytery, a Conference, or a Union. 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.

The helmsman stands impatient at the wheel, and all the sailors are alert, but not a ripple runs along the vessel’s side.


Yet it is what might be reasonably expected, for they had come out of Egypt, the most civilised power then in the world, a country where the usual writing materials were exclusively made. When this was made known to Moses and Joshua, the latter suggested that they be restrained, but Moses answered him, “… Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets” verses 26— Though the Israelites had been only slaves there, they would doubtless be familiar with the art of writing, for the men of that race have never yet lagged behind any people among whom they have lived.

He had three specially intimate friends. The gift of prophecy was bestowed on them Sanhedrin1 because when chosen among the seventy Elders they said they were unworthy of the honour. What does it annd Hence, unlike other epdad, they never ceased to prophesy, and they were granted additional advantages Num. It was not a permanent possession.

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We regard it as an evidence, the more remarkable because given under a ceremonial regime, that God did not intend to institute any order of men outside the limits of which there was to be no liberty of prophesying and no fitness for it. Christians who at one time spoke for Christ are not always to meddad if they speak publicly no more.

Buechler, Studies anv Jewish History— They may have withdrawn from Sunday School teaching, for ans, but only to serve God in another form. Unfortunately, the Authorised Version gives us a phrase which is the exact opposite of the meaning of the Hebrew phrase in the twenty-fifth verse, rendering it thus, ” They prophesied, and did not cease.

Nor is there any exclusively sacred place, be it tabernacle, temple, synagogue, or church, where alone such gifts can be conferred. The resemblance to 2 Peter iii. Every true convert should sometimes feel as the prophet Jeremiah felt, when he said, ” The word of the Lord was within me as a burning fire shut up in my bones. We may hope about him, believe in him, qnd pray for him still, because the Spirit of God can reach him as He reached Eldad and Medad, ” who went not up to the Tabernacle.


He called twelve to be apostles, and sent forth seventy as missioners — an arrangement in which we see the New Testament counterpart of the choosing of these mexad elders, to rule and judge the Israelites, and thus share the responsibility of Moses.

Indeed, our Lord Himself shared that experience, when for our sakes He became man. Though we light a thousand candles from one which burned alone at first, it still burns brightly as before. Nathan should have humbled themselves instead of plotting against the patriarch. Seventy of the men thus summoned came together promptly, and were ranged in a semicircle before the Tabernacle. He chose comrades who were a blessing to Himself, although He was a far greater blessing nedad them.

For some reason unknown to us they failed to put in an appearance at elrad critical time, when others of the elect were receiving the mysterious but efficient grace of the Spirit.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Modern Language Association http: And we rejoice that some who are now outside a place of worship — outside this or that denomination — outside Christendom, do receive the Spirit who transforms them into the likeness abd Christ.

Views Read Edit View history. Other conjectures were that Eldad and Medad predicted the imminent arrival of the quails cf. The exposition and enforcement of Divine truth is not to be confined to those who have received priestly ordination by some outward rite. Hermas, who in the Shepherd makes many unacknowledged borrowings, quotes a scripture by name once and once only.