“Eldas and Medad are prophesying in the camp. Moses, my lord, stop them.”
(pertaining to today’s first reading: Numbers 11:25-29)
It must have seemed like a crisis of leadership. Moses had served as the voice of God for the Israelites for a long time. He was frankly tired of being the sole truth teller for the nation. Commissioning seventy elders to share the spirit of prophecy with him seemed like a great idea. Eldad and Medad, advanced in years like the rest, didn’t manage to mosey over to the commissioning ceremony. The prophetic spirit came to them all the same.
Some folks had a problem with that. Some folks always have a problem when due process isn’t respected, rituals flex too far, or laws are bent to the breaking point. There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things. Eldad and Medad didn’t make the meeting. Shouldn’t that disqualify them from prophesying? Moses, for his part, was glad for the help. He wasn’t going to quibble about where it came from. (Alice Camille)
Inclusion and exclusion can be tricky lines to draw. What are your standards for determining what’s in or out of bounds?
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