In Numbers 11, we hear the Israelites in another bout of complaint, this time about eating too much manna and pressurizing Moses to give them meat, adding as usual, how they miss the meats, fish and vegetables they ate in Egypt. Exasperated, Moses went to God to lament about how hard it was for him to carry the burden of "these people".
God asked Moses to appoint seventy elders in the camp and bring them to meet with Him in the tabernacle. They assembled as instructed, God spoke to them, the spirit of the Lord then fell on them and they began to prophesy. Two of the appointed men Eldad and Medad, for whatever reason did not go to the tabernacle. However the Spirit of God "rested upon them" and they also began to prophesy right there at the camp. The news was relayed to Moses while he was with Joshua. "Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide 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 that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” Numbers 11:28-29.
Do you sometimes get protective of God? Protective of His gifts and talents and wish you could instruct Him on how He should distribute these? If you had your own way you would probably like to show God who qualifies for His blessing or His touch and if you could you would even draw up for Him an exclusive list. Thankfully God does not need to consult us on whom to bless or change. Thank God for grace.
Joshua's attitude was the same as was displayed by the disciples in Mark 9:38. “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” John did not think that that "someone" was qualified to do that which to him was exclusively reserved for the disciples, since they followed Jesus and so understood His purpose better. John was jealously guarding the power in the name of Jesus.
God decided to allow Cornelius, an uncircumcized Gentile to be baptized in the Holy Spirit at a time when the Jewish believers did not believe Gentiles were fit to be saved.
The Lord is sovereign and He extends His grace to all, no matter how they look, what they have done or where they have been. Do not despise some because in your limited human opinion, they do not qualify to be used or blessed by God. Yes, let us be jealous for the things of God but in our zeal, let us not shut some out.