Posted by: everynation | March 25, 2010

Lessons in the Life of Moses: Are you Jealous (Or Insecure)?

by Jim Laffoon

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.  A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”  Joshua son on Nun, who had been Moses’ aid since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my Lord, stop them!” But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake?  I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and the Lord would put His Spirit on them!”       Numbers 11:26-29
It had been an incredible outpouring of the Spirit.  The people were used to seeing the anointing of God on Moses.  When the cloud had enveloped sixty-eight other leaders, however, the Hebrews had been astonished.  Even more amazing was the fact that each of these leaders began to prophesy the word of the Lord as they remained under the cloud of His glory.  

If that wasn’t enough, Eldad and Medad had begun to prophesy under the anointing of God’s Spirit before they had even reached the Tent of Meeting.

Sadly, not all of the Israelites were excited by this amazing move of God’s Spirit.  Joshua, for one, was troubled. When a young man had brought him the report of Eldad and Medad’s prophesying, Joshua immediately asked Moses to stop them.  

After all, the anointing of God was a deadly thing.  Surely the Lord would not want just anyone to minister unless they were under the direct covering of a great leader such as Moses or himself.  Secretly, Joshua even doubted the wisdom of God allowing anyone but Moses, or possibly himself, to prophesy in the first place.  

What good could come of it?  If God was to anoint everyone, it wouldn’t even be special.  Yes, it would be far better if God left the whole business of leadership and power to the select few who were humble enough to handle it.
Moses, however, was not fooled by the seeming nobility of Joshua’s words: “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and the Lord would put His Spirit on them.” 

Do you see it yet?  I cannot count the leaders I have seen who, like Joshua, have allowed their own insecurities to influence their judgment.  Whether it is their failure to delegate authority and responsibility to other leaders, or the fact that they reserve all true ministry for themselves, it may well be that their own insecurities are keeping them from training and releasing the new men and women so badly needed by the Body of Christ.  

Tragically, to the insecure leader, every person with any type of calling or gifting from God will eventually be seen as a potential threat to their own position and place unless these leaders allow the Lord to deal with their insecurities. 

On the other hand, a mature, secure leader like Moses desires every person he is leading to come into the full reality of their calling and gifting.  Although mature leaders definitely believe in mentoring and training new people to lead, their desire for this is not based on their insecurities, but on the needs of the people they are trying to train.  

It is clear from the writings of Paul in Ephesians 4:11-12, that the primary purpose of Christian leadership is to equip the people of God “…to advance His kingdom on the earth.”  Therefore, it is vital for Christian leaders to allow God to search their hearts in this critical area.  

Despite the fact that a leader may be moving out of insecurity, this does not negate the fact that training, mentoring, accountability, and supervision are all part of the process of becoming a leader.  

Supervision and accountability are especially important when it comes to supernatural gifts such as prophesy. I say this because I have also seen many Christians attempt to justify their own rebellious and independent spirit by accusing the person who is only trying to help them from being insecure or prideful. 

Whether you are a leader trying to train someone, or the person being trained, never forget that the sword of the Spirit cuts both ways.  No matter what your place, humility, weakness, and security are vital for your life today.

Jim Laffoon is part of the international leadership team of Every Nation and also serves on the pastoral staff of King’s Park International Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.  He is the author of Our Daily Blog. Jim and his wife, Cathy, have four children and live in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.



  1. Thank you for the wisdom in this teaching. This has helped me beyond what I can put in words.

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