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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In the 25th verse of the eleventh chapter of Numbers, it is said that ” the Lord took of the spirit that was upon Moses, and gave it unto the seventy elders. To the amazement of the people, elldad doubtless to their own amazement too, they suddenly began to prophesy, and crowds of listeners quickly gathered round them, as on Pentecost they ran together to hear the inspired apostles.

In Clement of Rome’ s letter, and elvad the Homily that is called his second Epistle, a prophetical passage is quoted without a name, which Bishop Lightfoot guessed to be taken from this same book.


They eldwd have been absent from their tents when the papyrus letter was delivered, and would not be quickly found in the vast camp. In their case the call was manifestly inward rather than outward.

Mentioned in the Former Prophets. This strange Midrash may have been designed to counter in advance the charge against Moses’ marriage alliance with a Cushite woman Num. To enable them to perform their function, God endowed them with part of the spirit that had rested on Moses, whereupon they made ecstatic utterances.

Yet all this occurred under a dispensation which was far more strict in ceremonial law than that under which we live. He took them with Him when he went forth to confront the crises of His life — on the Mount of Transfiguration, and in the Garden of Gethsemane, where His sorrow was intensified by their failure to watch with Him.

In confirmation of this, we recall the fact that our Lord spoke more often in houses, and fields, and boats, and streets, than in the Temple.

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Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved from ” https: Happily, there are diversities of operations, though they are all under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; and if we are faithful to our special calling, we may hope to receive our Lord’s ” Well done ,” just as did these seventy-two men, who sustained and aided Moses, though they left no record of their steady, useful work. It is clear from the Hebrew narrative that Eldad and Medad, like their brethren at the door of the Tabernacle, did not receive an abiding gift anv prophecy, but a transient sign which seemed adequate to convince the people that they had been chosen and inspired.


Other conjectures were that Eldad and Medad predicted the imminent arrival of the quails cf. We have seen that Hermas at Rome quotes Eldad and Medad. The resemblance to 2 Peter iii.

Eldad and Medad

Like that ship the Church is wanting impulse, and we ought to be waiting for it, and praying for it. Just as we may learn more of the way in which medxd engine really works from a simple model — say of George Stephenson’s — than from one of the complicated machines of the present day, so we may gain the more instruction from this incident, because of its very simple character, while its antiquity keeps it out of the confusion caused by modern controversies.

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 of Christ. It is true that Joshua exhibited some jealousy and suspicion, and would have silenced them because the blessing had not come through Moses; medadd the great law-giver, with characteristic insight and generosity, would not heed the request — ” My lord Moses, forbid them.

Thus, according to R. Of it we have one certain fragment. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Eldad and Medad Montague Rhodes James This is in harmony with the experience of the early Christian Church.

Saul was converted on the road to Damascus, the jailor of Philippi in prison, Lydia by the river side. It surely confirms our belief that the word of God is not bound.

But wisdom, and all gifts similar to it, are not diminished by distribution. 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.

Though truly chosen, they were not in the Tabernacle, nor were they wrapped in the cloud, and they received no ordination from the laying on of hands by Moses and Aaron. This page was last edited on 21 Februaryat The evidence of their call lay in their fitness for the work, and their fitness was due to the gift of the Spirit.


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 gift of prophecy was bestowed on them Sanhedrin1 because when chosen among the seventy Elders they said they were unworthy of the honour.

She waits, and must wait, for a heavenly breeze to fill her sails, and till it comes she cannot stir. 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.

So is it with the Spirit of whose fulness we all receive. Judah ha-Nasi who many years after the plot against his father bore a grudge against R. The Church seems to be lying listless as a sailing ship, due to leave harbour, but still waiting for a breeze. At that time, Jochebed, too, could have been divorced, remarried, and returned again to her first husband, Deuteronomy The helmsman stands impatient at the wheel, and all the sailors are alert, but not a ripple runs along the vessel’s side.

It is a comfort to remember this when we grieve over some prodigal, who has gone beyond the reach of religious observances; who never attends worship, or reads the Bible. 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 — were absent ” They were of them written to ” is the exact phrase — and the fact that they received a written summons denotes a higher and more general culture among that ancient people than is generally imagined to have existed.

This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat 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.

I was weary with forbearing and could not stay. 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 seventy-two elders, to rule and judge the Israelites, and thus share the responsibility of Moses.