Greetings everyone! Sorry for the delay in blogging lately. I studied yesterday and am now ready to blog.
A few days back I decided to do several blogs on leadership development to build up elders, deacons, ministers, ministry leaders, and others who are interested in leadership.
The first person I think of about leadership is Moses. Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy talk about Moses.
The first time we see Moses in the biblical text is Exodus chapter 2. Moses is born to Hebrew parents who have to hide him, because the Pharaoh is about to kill a lot of new born boys to get rid of Moses. So Moses’ parents make a basket, and put him in it, and set it loose in the Nile River.
The Pharaoh’s daughter finds him, adopts him, and raises him as her own son. She finds Moses’ mother who nurses him and takes care of him. She, no doubt, makes sure Moses knows he is a Hebrew, knows about God, and all of that.
Fast forward to Moses’ adulthood. Moses goes out to see his people, the Hebrews who were being brutally treated by the Pharaoh and the Egyptian people. And Moses sees an Egyptian mistreating a Hebrew, and he kills the Egyptian. Word of this gets to the Pharaoh, and he tries to kill Moses. So Moses runs away to Median.
When Moses gets to Median, he sees a group of princesses who were being mistreated by some guys. So Moses runs the trouble-makers off and waters their camels for them. When the girls get home, their father asks them why they returned so quickly. They tell him about Moses and his dramatic rescue of the girls. Their father tells them to go get him and bring him home. The man gives Moses his oldest daughter him as his wife. This woman bares Moses two sons.
Fast forward forty years. Moses has been a shepherd for most, not all, of those years taking care of his father-in-law’s sheep. Then God miraculously appears to Moses as flaming bush, and tells Moses to go back to Egypt to deliver his people from their oppression. Because in all the time Moses was in Median, the Israelites were being brutally oppressed in Egypt. Israel had been crying out to Jehovah God for deliverance, and He had been preparing Moses to deliver them. Now all things were ready.
Moses had his doubts and had to be convinced of his calling. Once he was, he and his brother Aaron perform many miraculous signs, and plagues to convince the Pharaoh and all of Egypt of Jehovah’s divine presence and power. The last of the plagues was the slaying of every first born son of every family and animal in Egypt. Then Egypt let Israel leave.
Israel had many trials in Egypt, and because of Egypt in many ways. Including when Israel was let loose, and Egypt decided to go get them back. But Jehovah God let Israel pass through a sea on dry ground with walls of water on both sides. When Egypt was chasing them and going through the sea, God caused the sea to crash down on the Egyptians killing them all.
From then on, Israel had to learn to trust God in every area of their lives. They learned to trust God for their food like when He gave them manna and quail. They learned to trust Moses’ and Aaron’s leadership.
Moses and Aaron had to learn to always honor Jevoah God in every way in every day.
In Exodus and Deuteronmy we learn the Ten Commandments. In Exodus, we see the Israelites provoked Aaron to make them a golden calf as a represetative to Jehovah God, which was idolatry. And God was about wipe the Israelites off the face of the earth and start over Moses. But Moses always defended them to the Lord.
We also learn about the high priest, all of his duties, and required attire.
In Exodus, we learn God demands holiness and we treat Him as our King. About leardership, we learn we must honor God and His word above all things. And adhere to the Ten Commandments.
I’ll write mre about Moses in the other books.
Any and all comments are alwayas welcomed and encouraged.
Grace and Peace.