It may sound cliche’, but, Moses was a man too. Make no mistake, Moses and God were close. He literally talked to God on a regular basis. In fact, Moses convinced God, after the Israelites worshiped the golden calf, not to wipe the people out and start over. Still, despite Moses’ love for God and his relationship with God–Moses was growing weary of the whining and the continued struggles of leading a nation. God was gracious God understood–Moses was growing tired and angry–as he watched these ungrateful people continue to complain at every turn.
So, God had Moses appoint 70 men as elders. Leaders from each tribe and clan. God anointed the elders with His spirit, and shifted part of the governance from Moses to the elders. In this way, God allowed Moses the freedom to lead the people; without being lost in the day to day problems of every individual. Moses was grateful. God was still in charge, and the people had to learn hard lessons about being grateful. God gave them more meat than they could stomach and then He sent a plague to remind them that HE was in charge.
So often, we see our lives turn sideways due to trials, failures or circumstances beyond our control. We get scared, worried and want to lash out, because, we have lost control. God reminds us that He is in charge, and knows our situation. When we begin to long for a life that we can control, it is easy to forget that He has always met our needs, and has executed His plan in our lives. Let us fall on our face before God and trust Him. The Lord will lead us to the place He promised. We have no way of knowing the impact we will have as we humbly follow his lead. We simply need to follow Solomon’s direction, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Do not lean upon your own understanding. Acknowledge God in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
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The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17 I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.
18 “Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. 19 You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20 but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’”
21 But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ 22 Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”
23 The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”
24 So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took some of the power of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied—but did not do so again.
26 However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27 A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”
29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30 Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.