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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Moses was, no doubt, justified in saying, ” I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me. The moral of the story seems to be that R.

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. At that time, Jochebed, too, could have been divorced, remarried, and returned again to her first husband, Deuteronomy In their case the call znd manifestly inward rather than outward.

This strange Midrash may have been designed to counter in advance the charge against Moses’ marriage alliance with a Cushite woman Num. Amram did so, married again, and Eldad and Medad were his offspring. Home Religion Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and medda Eldad and Medad.

Such was he of whom Cowper sings: This is in harmony with the experience of the early Christian Church. Levine, Numbers 1 — 20 ab;— According to Jewish tradition, Eldad and Medad were buried in the same cave in Edrei.

It was not a permanent possession. The account given us of their appointment is singularly interesting. It is true that Joshua exhibited some jealousy and suspicion, and would have silenced them because the blessing had not come through Moses; but the great law-giver, with characteristic insight and generosity, would not heed the request — ” My lord Moses, forbid them.

You ought not to be silent on the claims of Christ, nor should you refrain from leading others in prayer, while on every other topic you are fluency itself. 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. The latter suggestion was put forward by R. 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— Prophets in the Hebrew Bible.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. If we give of our love lavishly, yet affection is not lessened by such outpouring. Just as we may learn more of the way in which an 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.

The miraculous power given to the apostles, as evidence of their Divine commission, was not always at their disposal. Like that ship the Church is wanting impulse, and we ought to be waiting for it, and praying for it. In other languages Add links. Indeed, there are those who in actual service can do very little, whose gracious and benign influence is the best proof of true inspiration.

Alone among the Elders their names are recorded; they kept their gift of prophecy and entered the Promised Land, They prophesied of the death of Moses and succession of Joshua so also Pseudo-Philo ; or, say others, of the quails; or of Gog and Magog.

We cannot doubt that the matter of the book was the prophetic utterances of Eldad and Medad.

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The exposition and enforcement of Divine truth is not to be confined to those who have received priestly ordination by some outward rite. Gordon, Ugaritic Manualglossary, no. According to biblical scholarsthe real purpose of the story was to indicate that prophecy was not restricted to a select few people.

What does it teach? There are considerable differences between the two quotations. Miserable are the double-minded which doubt in their soul heart, II.

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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. He had three specially intimate friends. To the amazement of the people, and 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.

The same Divine Spirit who qualifies for religious work, creates men anew. 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. The enigmatic appearance of the otherwise unknown Eldad and Medad as authors of an unrecorded prophecy Num. Buechler, Studies in Meadd History— By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use ans Privacy Policy.


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.

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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 of prophecy, but a transient sign which seemed adequate to convince the people that they had been chosen and inspired. 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.

Seventy of the men thus summoned came together promptly, and were ranged in a semicircle before the Tabernacle. Saul was converted on the road to Damascus, the jailor of Philippi in prison, Lydia by the river side.

The Holy Spirit still remained in the Church, and was revealed in a diversity of operations. Yet, at one and the same moment, they also were inspired while walking together, as they probably were doing, in some far-off part of the camp.

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Of every one so created, it may be said he was ” born of the Spirit. Thus, according to R. 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. The gift of tongues bestowed on them, and on others, soon ceased; for it was intended to show the supernatural origin of Christianity until abd evidence was available, and then it was withdrawn.

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Earlier interpretations were even harsher: The river which near its source noisily rushes over the pebbles, is not lessened in value when, full and deep, it silently glides onward to the sea.