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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ELDAD AND MEDAD
The power we need can only come from heaven, the breath of God must be our real moving force, and we should be wiser, stronger, and more hopeful if we entered into the meaning of the old, oft-repeated verse: We believe that outside all sacred places, outside the churches of our own faith and order, and of any other churches, there are men, and women too, equally called of God with those within such limits, and the evidence that they are so called lies in the fact that in them also the Spirit of God is resting, and through them the Spirit of God is working.
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.
Then, in the sight of all the people, the cloud descended, wrapped them all in impenetrable mist, as a sign that the chosen men were being mysteriously baptised with the Spirit, and when again they emerged they began to prophesy. Israelite prophets in the Torah. Their matured experience may be quite as valuable as their once fervent zeal. Yet, at one and the same moment, they amd were inspired while walking together, as they probably were doing, in some far-off part of the camp.
We regard it as an evidence, the more ,edad 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. In Clement of Rome’ s letter, and in 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. 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.
The Holy Spirit still remained in the Church, and was revealed in a diversity of operations. Buechler, Studies in Jewish History— In the story as we have it in Numbers xi.
He chose comrades who were a blessing to Himself, although He was a far greater blessing to them. According to Jewish tradition, Eldad and Medad were buried in the same cave in Edrei. We may hope about him, believe in him, and pray for him still, because the Spirit of God can reach him as He reached Eldad and Ekdad, ” who went not up to the Tabernacle. In the Aggadah The enigmatic appearance of the otherwise unknown Eldad and Medad as authors of an unrecorded prophecy Num.
Eldad and Medad
Eldad and Medad were both away from the Tabernacle, somewhere in the unconsecrated camp; yet they received the same blessing which their brethren were enjoying at the door of the Tabernacle. They are made half-brothers of Moses, in two ways, 1 According to the author of the Hebrew Questions on Chronicles iv. Such was he of whom Cowper sings: Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
According to biblical scholarsthe real purpose of the story was to indicate that prophecy was not restricted to a select few people. 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.
This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat Eldad and Medad Modat was a short book of lines, longer than Ephesiansshorter than 2 Corinthians All the sources report that Eldad and Medad prophesied, “Moses shall die, and Joshua shall bring Israel into the promised land. In their case the call was manifestly inward rather than outward. Eldad and Medad Montague Rhodes James For some reason unknown to us they failed to put in an appearance at the critical time, when others of the elect were receiving the mysterious but efficient grace of the Spirit.
Levine, Numbers 1 — 20 ab;— Hence, unlike other prophets, they never ceased to prophesy, and they were granted additional advantages Num. 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.
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. 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 took them with Him elxad 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. This strange Midrash may have been designed to counter in advance the charge against Eldd marriage alliance with a Cushite woman Num. Italics indicate persons whose status as prophets is not universally medxd.
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 meadd apostles. Eldad and Medad were men called of God to undertake holy service for the good of His people.
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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. 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.
Home Religion Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Eldad and Medad. The difficulty I find in acquiescing in Lightfoot’s conjecture is that I do not quite see whom Eldad and Medad would be addressing.
It was the ancient counterpart of the day of Pentecost, when the disciples met, and the Spirit came upon them medav a mighty, rushing wind, and they began to speak with other tongues, as men chosen and inspired by God.
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.
Legend has not been very busy with their names, but the Midrashim Tanchuma and Targums say something of them and of sldad they prophesied. What does it teach? So is it with the Spirit of whose qnd we all receive. No Christian man is poorer because his brother is enriched with grace, nor was Moses.
If we give of our love lavishly, yet affection is not lessened by such outpouring.
He had three specially intimate friends. Eldad and Medad are mentioned in the Book of Numbersand are described as having prophesied among the Israelitesdespite the fact that they had remained in the camp, while 70 elders had gone to the tabernacle outside the camp to receive the ability to prophesy from God. Eldad and Medad are not otherwise identified or mentioned in the Bible.