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Numbers Bible Background

02.24.2018 – Old Testament: Num 11.26–30

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 11–13 on February 24, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Joshua served as the assistant of Moses. Assistants make the ones for whom they work look good and help them carry out their work. Therefore, the life of Joshua was devoted to Moses and what a huge job Moses had.

One time a couple of men were doing what Joshua thought only Moses should do. So Joshua asked Moses to forbid the men from prophesying, but watch the reaction of Moses,

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. 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!” And Moses returned to the camp, he and the elders of Israel (Numbers 11.26–30).

Joshua devoted his life to making things work for Moses, but Moses devoted his life to making things work for Israel. Therefore, it delighted him to see what these two men did.


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