“And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone. (Numbers 11:16-17) And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp. (Numbers 11:24-26)
We do not have much information in the Bible about “Eldad and Medad” before their appointment by Moses according to the commandment of God, apart from what we have here in the passage above. In addition, we do not have the detail of their activities before and after these leaders became the divinely appointed leaders of the Israelites. But one thing is certain; there is no idle information in the scripture. If these two names could make it into the Bible, it means God expects us to learn something about them.
One will also be curious about how their names are almost similar—Eldad and Medad. The pronunciation of both of the names are almost similar as well as the meaning of the names according to the Hebrew language have similar pronunciations. “Eldad” is pronounced “ale-dawd” in Hebrew. The “El” in Eldad is the name of God—Elohim. “Eldad” means “God has loved.” On the other hand, “Medad” is pronounced “may-dawd” in Hebrew, and it means “loving” or “affectionate.” Medad is from the root verb meaning “to handle,” better still, “to hold out the hand” probably in “loving or affectionate manner.”
Moses, the Man of God, gathered these two leaders by appointment as part of the seventy leaders in Israel. The merciful God approved and confirmed their appointment with the anointing of Holy Spirit, although they were not at the Tabernacle for the reason which was not known to man, when God visited the appointed leaders and imparted His anointing upon them. However, the anointing of the Spirit of God came upon the two in their respective places and they prophesied.
We all know that unlike physical gifts, spiritual gifts are not cheap and common things that one can pick up in the supermarket or by the way side. Our Heavenly Father does not waste His resources. God does not give the anointing of Holy Spirit to those who do not deserve it. Jesus admonished us in Matthew 7:6 “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet ….” Certainly, there are many things that the Lord knew about these two leaders that were not known unto man. If God chose and endowed them with the power of Holy Spirit, and if He empowered them to manifest in the anointing of the Spirit of God, it means they are spiritually qualified and they possessed what it takes to be useful instruments in the hand of God. It means that God has a great expectation from them. It means that He can count on their excellent performances in any way that God intend to use them.
Have you ever considered an in-depth personal evaluation of your relationship with God? Do you possess good attributes that God can cleanse, prepare, polish and empower to use for His glory? Righteous Christ-like characters and a right consecrated attitude within will single you out among many in this world.
The Heavenly Father, our Creator knows you in and out. He knows your going out and your coming back home. He knows your address and His hands of love and mercy can be extended to you and reach you any time. His anointing can single you out of millions people and locate you in your remotest location on earth for the glorious purposes of Almighty God. Like Eldad and Medad, get yourself prepared and ready to become a mouth piece of God to the people around you. You will not only prophesy like them, but your hands will do exploits to bless humanity for the glory of God. You are a precious material in the hands of the Living God, and He can shape you to become a masterpiece in His hand to be used for His glory only if you can make yourself available for Him.
Prayer: O Lord, You care and nurture me for a purpose. You grafted me into the commonwealth of Your love by the redemption You perfected on the Cross for my salvation. Please Lord, mold me, shape and cleanse me for your purposes. Anoint me with Your Spirit and give me the grace to do your biddings in Jesus name, Amen.