People had been complaining about not having meat, like they did in Egypt, and Moses got really exasperated with them and he was very honest with The LORD and saying basically, “I can’t handle those people!”
Aka; I’m kind of sick of this. What can I do with these people?
He, so many times, had to fend off all the subterfuge, criticism and doubt.
So God give him instructions in Numbers 11:16-29:
“So The LORD said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone. Then you shall say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the hearing of The LORD, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.” Therefore The LORD will give you meat, and you shall eat.
You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, but for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised The LORD who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?”’ vs 16-20.
Obviously The LORD was a bit fed up with their discontentment also. “You’ll eat it till it comes out of your nostrils and it becomes loathsome to you.” These ungrateful people, so a lesson for us.
”And Moses said, “The people whom I am among are six hundred thousand men on foot; yet You have said, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat for a whole month.’ Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to provide enough for them?” And The LORD said to Moses, “Has The LORD’s arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not.” vs 21-23.
Can you see here how all the pressure in the spirits in the congregation of people was affecting Moses? Doubt and unbelief was affecting him.
“So Moses went out and told the people the words of The LORD, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle.
Then The LORD came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again.” vs 24-25.
To me this makes it seem like the Spirit was given for administration of His wisdom because though they manifested prophecy, It says they never did that again!
“But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle; yet they prophesied in the camp.” vs. 26
Eldad means “God has loved.”
Medad means “Beloved.”
God does not leave you out. Those who love Him, He knows and cares for and He will no way leave out of the coming blessing.
“And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, “Moses my lord, forbid them!” Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all The LORD’s people were prophets and that The LORD would put His Spirit upon them!” vs. 27-29.
This is why Moses is called the most humble man by God. He was always dependent on God for what to do up to the end.
Remember how he had fasted food in 40 days when he received the 10 Commandments?
But after seeing the idolatry his people got into, and that whole confrontation, he again went up the mountain again fasted and prayed another 40 days for them!
~ Priscilla Van Sutphin
PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN is the founder of Upstream Ministries, California, online at www.upstreamca.org and blogtalkradio.com/ Upstream. Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to upstream.ca @me.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 9278, USA.