Prayer: Lord God, let me learn from the wisdom in your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Finding your voice
27 And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
Sometimes we get caught up in a type of jealousy when we observe others seeming to do God’s work, but are not the “pastor.” Or someone we might “think” is unworthy. It was that way with those who served Moses in today’s text. It was because the job of leading and being judge for the people that Moses’ limits for time had been reached. So God told Moses to appoint seventy of the elders to receive God’s Spirit and Moses held a special ceremony outside the camp. Eldad and Medad were part of the seventy elders, but they had stayed in camp, but when God sent His Spirit to those in the ceremony, He also sent it to Eldad and Medad. Moses was not suspicious, but was gratified.
Our devotion writer explains; “Each of us has been called and installed as a leader within God’s kingdom. Luther referred to this as the priesthood of believers. We are servant leaders and have received special gifts for service—those skills and passions that are our unique voices within the community. Our voices mix with the voices of others to create a mighty chorus of words and deeds that glorify God by growing love and justice in the world.”
So, one question to ask is…Do the actions glorify God?
Prayer: “Use us, O God, as your hands for healing and your heart for loving in this world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.
26 Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!” 29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!” 30 And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.