“Eldad, Medad and Me” Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
The 19th Sunday after Pentecost (B) 9/30/18
Pastor Mark H. Hein, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Lockport, IL
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:13-14)
In none of this does St. James say, if you face this or that… if you are dealing with this issue or that issue… complain… grumble and gripe. In fact, follow the example of the children of Israel recorded in today’s Old Testament text as well as other times in their journey through the wilderness to the promised land.
Let us keep in mind that the whole depiction of this journey is factual as well as prophetic and symbolic. Prophetic and symbolic in that this account in a most striking way, describes our journey… yours and mine… through this, our mortal journey here on earth.