For John, BLUF: God does operate in a sovereign way. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Today is the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the first reading is from Numbers, Numbers 11:25-29. Moses has gathered 70 elders out in the camp, for God's Spirit to fall on them, but as luck would have it...
Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad, had remained in the camp, yet the spirit came to rest on them also. They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent; and so they prophesied in the camp.Even back then there were lists, or maybe even the beginning of listicles. At any rate, Joshua, son of Nun♠ says to Moses that he needs to do something about these two men prophesying♥ back in the camp.
But Moses answered him,Would that He would.
"Are you jealous for my sake?
Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!
Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!"
Regards — Cliff
♠ Giving rise to the famous Biblical quiz question—what man in the Bible had no parents? ANSWER: Joshua, son of none.
♥ When used in this way, the meaning is not the standard "tell the future", but rather meaning to speak forth the word of God. For the Charismatics, the Pentecostals, amongst us, it could be as simple as an utterance such as "God is good", if it is spoken by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.