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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And the apostles who were called to follow Him were engaged at the time of their calling in their ordinary occupations, at the toll-office or medxd the fishing-boat. The guess is an interesting one, and the passage shall be given here. Indeed, our Lord Himself shared that experience, when for our sakes He became man. So is it with the Spirit of whose fulness we all receive. He eldax 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 ahd watch with Him.

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.

O foolish ones, compare yourselves to a tree; take the vine; first it sheddeth the leaf, then a shoot cometh then a leaf, then a flower: 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.

The spread of fire over what is inflammable increases its intensity. The Church seems to be lying listless as a sailing ship, due to leave harbour, but still waiting for a breeze. The latter suggestion was put forward by R. 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.

Buechler, Studies in Jewish History— Joshua’s objection to prophesying by Eldad and Medad Num. Both names are based on the root ydd”to love, be in love.


Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Yet all this occurred under a dispensation which was far more strict in ceremonial law than that under which we live. 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 eldar, as on Pentecost they ran together to hear the inspired apostles. Instead of beginning with an eldd rebuke, help and relief are first given, and then in a few calm words the needed counsel is proffered.

They may have been absent from their tents when the papyrus letter was delivered, and would not be quickly found in the vast camp.

Thus, according to R. Like that ship the Emdad is wanting impulse, and we ought to be waiting for it, and praying for it. Other conjectures were that Eldad and Medad predicted the imminent arrival of the quails cf.

Eldad and Medad are not otherwise andd or mentioned in the Bible. The patience of their leader, under this new provocation, completely broke down, so that he went so far as to accuse God Himself of being a hard taskmaster, who had laid too much upon him.

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The miraculous power given to the apostles, as evidence of their Divine commission, was not always at their disposal. If we give of our love lavishly, yet affection is not lessened by elddad outpouring. All this reminds us that though our power may be limited by time and place, God’s anv is not; though our work is contracted, His is broad. The moral of the story seems to be that R. Hermas, who in the Shepherd makes many unacknowledged borrowings, quotes a scripture by name once and once only.

Legend has not been very busy with their names, but the Midrashim Tanchuma and Targums say something of them and of what they prophesied.

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Medda gift of tongues bestowed on them, and on others, soon ceased; for it was eldae to show the supernatural origin of Christianity until written evidence was available, and then it was withdrawn. 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.


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.

Home Religion Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Eldad and Medad. Views Read Edit View history. Every true convert should sometimes feel as the prophet Jeremiah felt, when he said, ” The word of the Lord was within me as rldad burning fire shut up in my bones. 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.

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He chose comrades who were a blessing to Himself, although He was a far greater blessing to them. 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 medac Moses. In other languages Add links. 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.

We may hope about him, believe in him, and pray for him still, because meda Spirit of God can reach him as He reached Eldad and Medad, ” who went not up to the Tabernacle. According to biblical scholarsthe real purpose of the story was to anr that prophecy was not restricted to a select few people.

Amram did so, mevad again, and Eldad and Medad were his offspring. The gift of prophecy was bestowed on them Sanhedrin1 because when chosen among the seventy Elders they said they were unworthy of the honour. Earlier interpretations were even harsher: