The leader

Numbers 33:1: These are the stages of the people of Israel, when they went out of the land of Egypt by their companies under the leadership of Moses and Aaron.

specialist-462291_640God’s plan when time began was to appoint leaders he will work through. He created Adam to take charge on the earth (Genesis 1:26-28). When he wanted to set up a family through which he will bring about his son, he got a leader in the shape of Abraham (Matthew 1:1).

The leadership is so important, and are meant to set the tone by their actions, by what they value, for the rest of the group. That was a strong point, as God pointed out, in the life of Abraham (Genesis 18:17-19).

Before he even became a father God affirmed that he was sure he would command his children to follow the way of the Lord, instilling it in them his precepts. He was a leader per excellent.

Leadership failure led to the fall of man, it led to the problem the world is in now (Genesis 3).  If Adam had been the leader he should be, then the devil will not be the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4). There will be no sin, death and destruction in the world as we now know. Because of how important leadership is the only way to reverse that error is through another leader in the same order – Jesus (1Corinthians 15:45).

Moses and Aaron mentioned in the focus verse represents two kinds of leaders: visionary and managerial. These two kinds of leaders have different strengths and weaknesses, they are supposed to be combine their strength and make a formidable team.

Adam and Eve were supposed to be that kind of leaders.  Adam is the Moses type, while Eve is the Aaron type. Adam was given the vision for the earth, for the Garden of Eden, while Eve was the fitting help to him (Genesis 2:18). Both (husband and wife even now) are leaders, but of different types. Husband= Moses, Eve= Aaron.

Therefore it is important for every Aaron to find his Moses and every Moses to find her Aaron. Remember that when Jesus sent disciple to the villages he would come to, he sent them in twos (Luke 10:1, Mark 6:7). When the Holy Spirit was going to send the first team of Jewish believers to go to the minster to the gentile, Paul and Barnabas were sent as a team (Acts 13:1-3).  Paul was the Aaron while Barnabas was the Moses. In that call, Barnabas was named first. It was just that the chronicler of their journey chose to focus in the activities on Paul.

And after the two parted ways, Paul found Silas (Acts 15:35-41), and in that team, Paul became the Moses, while Silas was the Aaron. It was Paul and Silas.

The bible says that the church is built on the foundation of Apostles and Prophets (Ephesians 2:20). Both definitely find their course in the Moses (visionaries) type (in the context of the church). Paul said that first are the apostles, second Prophets and third teachers (1Corinthians 12:28). Therefore the teachers are the Aaron type. The law is particularly associated with the priest (Aaron-led the priesthood) (Malachi 2:7).

An iconic priest of the post exilic era in the bible was Ezra, and he stood tall in his understanding the law (Ezra ), that was the way he expressed his leadership in Israel, and we see him mentioned prominently in the book of Nehemiah as an Aaron type leader while Nehemiah was the Moses type.

Everything hangs on leadership. That was why God was sorely disappointed when Saul went the way of the devil, the way of Adam in rebelling against his word (1Samuel 15). He did not have any other choice but to replace him. While the name of God shows who he is, his word shows us who we are, what we should do (Psalm 138:2).

That was why for Joshua to be successful as a leader, God told him to not let the word depart from his heart, but he must meditate on it day and night, he must observe to do what is in it so that he might make his way prosperous (Joshua 1:8).

Solomon also faltered at the point of obedience to the word. He was given the instruction to always do the word of God, but with his association with the foreign women he was distracted to worship idols (1Kings 11:1-11). Therefore because of the prime position leaders occupy they need to watch out for the kind of influence they put themselves under, because we can only influence to the limit that we have been influenced. God spoke against Jehoshaphat’s association with Ahab, an association which almost killed him (2Chronicles 19:1-3).

Jesus is the quintessential example of a leader, who taught that leadership is not about lording it over others (Mark 10:42-45). It is serving others towards bringing them to the place of change. It is not about being dictatorial, but being an example. When it comes to prayer, Jesus did not force his disciples to pray, but by the constant attention he gave to prayer, seeing how important it is to him, they asked him: teach us to pray (Luke 11:1). They say him living the life and they sought to have reproduced in their lives what they saw in his life.

A leader is a model, and also someone who brought change. Moses brought change. He was used by God to turn things around for the nation of Israel. Before he came on the scene, the living condition of Israelites in Egypt was at the lowest ebb.

They cried out for a change. But they did not know how it will come. Help came in the shape of Moses (a leader of leaders) who brought a word from God for their deliverance. The bible says: by a prophet the nation was led out and by a prophet, they were preserved (Hosea 12:13).

A leader is a pacesetter. The plan of God is that the nation of Israel will be a pacesetter nation. A prototype nation, so that others many copy. They did not live up to expectation, so God raised up another leader nation, also consisting of different tribes, i.e. the church.

The bible says the house of God the church in the last days will be exalted above all others and many nations will flow into it saying: he will teach us his ways (Isaiah 2:1-3). The church will be the prototype nation, a leader nation. Because leadership is influence, the church is called to be an influencer. The change we bear and the change we bring is by the power of the Holy Spirit through whom we witness of Jesus, the king (the ultimate leader) everywhere we go, declaring through words and deeds his lordship in all spheres of existence (Acts 1:8).


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