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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.
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Moses selects 70 elders to share some of his responsibilities.
There is a similar account in Exodus 18:13-26, but in that story
Moses father-in-law suggests it and the 70 become judges. Here
they meet and temporarily receive the gift of prophesy. Eldad
and Medad didn't make the main meeting, no reason is given, but
still received the gift of the spirit at the same time as the
others. Joshua is worried that this somehow will compete with
Moses' authority, but Moses is clearly not worried; in fact he
would prefer it if more people would share in these responsibilities.
A lesser leader might jealously guard his relationship with God
and responsibility that came with it, but Moses would have preferred
more help. He didn't want the role originally, and has no problem
spreading the wealth.
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