LESSON 46

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

 Know When to Take the long Route

“And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.” Exodus 14:10 NKJV

 

–  We can focus on the problem or we can choose to trust God.

 The Israelites were terrified when they saw the enemy coming their way.  They doubted their leader, they questioned God, they complained, they grumbled, they panicked.  Yet God didn’t get mad at their humanity or fears. He only asked for their obedience. And their trust.  “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”  Ex. 14:14

 –  Prayer is vital, yet sometimes God says,

“It’s time to get moving!” God may ask for stillness and trust and other times he might say, “Get going and keep trusting.” God said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” Ex. 14:15

 –  God took the Israelites on the long way because He had great plans for them.

He had plans to transform them into a holy nation by giving them His word in the form of the Tablets of the Ten Commandments, written by His own hand.  They came to Egypt as a family of 70 and come out as a group of over 2 Million people. The long route was meant to make them into a nation.

 

He planned to create a civil and spiritual society by giving them the Torah or Five Books of Moses, which He would dictate to His prophet. He not only took them out of slavery into freedom, he recreated a people who were, in every sense, free.  They were transformed from cowering fearfully before the Red Sea to courageously fighting to take possession of the Promised Land. In the wilderness, the People of Israel would have an opportunity to meditate, study, and encounter God’s Word in ways they could not on the short way fraught

LESSON 45

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

 

Know When to Take the long Route

“Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.””  Exodus 13:17 NKJV

There are few things that Moses and children of Israel 🇮🇱 experienced on their journey to the promise land taking the scenic route. Allow me to use the word scenic because God was going to show them things that were never revealed to mankind before. And also things that they would have never experienced if they took the shorter route.

In this study, we are going to take a journey with the Israelites through the scenic route to the promise land. I want us to stop at any time and study some of the experiences in details. I would appreciate feedback and comments as we journey together through the word of God.

 

The Red Sea experience

“And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”” Exodus 14:13-14 NKJV

The first obstacle in the scenic route was the Red Sea, this was the first sign that God is able to deal with any natural hindrance apart from the Egyptians. All the 10 plaques were about God dealing with the major hindrance which was Pharaoh, but this case the Red Sea was standing before them as a natural obstacle.

 From this experience we learn that:

– God knows what He’s doing.

 “So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea…” Ex. 13:18

  – God leads our way.

“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light…” Ex. 13:21

-When we see obstacles

God sees opportunities. He will make a way where there seems to be no way out

–  Israel was not prepared for Great hostility.

The shortest route would have taken the Israelites through hostile Philistine country. They were not prepared to encounter such hostility.

–  God wanted His children to know that there is no turning back.

With the Red Sea now sealing off the Israelites’ route back to Egypt, they understood that the food and delicacies that they were fond of as slaves were now a memory.

THE POWER OF PREACHING THE GOSPEL

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.” II Timothy 4:1-3, 5 NKJV

 

We’ve been charged with great responsibility of changing people’s life with the gospel of Christ. Preaching of the gospel is the single most important thing in the world. In Genesis God preached creation into existence, and he delegated that authority to us to continue to preach his word. Pharaoh wouldn’t have built his empire if Joseph was not there to guide him how to build a prosperous nation. Nebuchadnezzar knew the value of having prophetic men in his team. Babylon was ruled by the wisdom of magicians and wise men who were appointed to advice the king. But the Wisdom of Daniel was 7 times better than the Babylonians.

 The gospel of Jesus Christ is the hope for the nations, therefore preachers must preach the full council of God.

We’ve been disappointed by most liberation movements in the continent of Africa.  Most countries are still governed by the same parties that got them independence.  The only change is the figure heads but same ideas that got us in this mess and corruption. A word from God can change everything

Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (July 29, 1805 – April 16, 1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840).

‘I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbours and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.’

 

If we start preaching the true Gospel, Africa will not be known for civil wars, poverty, corruption and mass immigrations but for the word we preach. The ships that come to Africa will come carrying precious gifts to honour the word that will be coming from our pulpits. God is about to remove our disgrace, because ships that are leaving our harbours they are carrying gold, diamonds, platinum etc. They comeback carrying second hand clothes…

Great people brought gifts to King Solomon, honouring his gift of wisdom.

Let’s us preach

LESSON 44

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

 

Know when to take the long Route

A traditional Jewish proverb says “It took four days to get Israel out of Egypt. It took 40 years to get Egypt out of Israel.” The idea is that the Israelites could not change overnight. They may have become physically free in four days. But it took them much longer to become mentally free. It took much longer to change their mind-set.

 

The nation of Israel began their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land by promptly turning away from it.

Rather than take the shorter, coastal route to Canaan, God directed Israel southeast toward the Red Sea. The direct route led through the land of the Philistines, and while God could have simply destroyed the enemy (as He would at the Red Sea), His concern lay more with the unprepared and fearful hearts of His people (Exod. 13:17-18).

So God took them the long way. And it seemed pointless. But was it?

 

God’s deliverance by parting the Red Sea paved the way for Israel to meet God face to face at Sinai—and to receive the Law by which they could live in the Promised Land.

If the goal was simply a destination, God seemed a lousy travel agent. A journey of three weeks would ultimately take 40 years! But God purposed to give His people something far more than a parcel of land; He offered them a changed heart.

In the end, the land, the journey to it, and even God’s Word along the way came as but the means by which they would learn to know and trust Him.

Moses knew the change would be difficult. Thus, he led them on the scenic route from Egypt to the Promised Land. Had they gone directly from Egypt to Israel, it would have taken a few weeks. Instead, it takes 40 years.

Yes, the Bible gives us other explanations for their prolonged wandering. But one of its great advantages was preparing the people for freedom.

Have you ever implemented change too quickly?

LESSON 43

Leadership Lessons from the Life of MOSES

 

Delegate Wisely

Moses may have benefited from the wisdom of history’s first management consultant. That would be his father-in-law Jethro.

When Jethro comes to visit in the Book of Exodus, Moses feels out of control. He is overwhelmed by all the disputes he is forced to adjudicate. He lacks the time and energy to focus on the important tasks only he can do.

Jethro gives him some sound advice. Create lower courts and officials to handle the smaller disputes. Deal only with the problems that no one else can solve. Consult with God when you can’t figure it out for yourself. Moses follows Jethro’s advice and becomes more effective. He is probably also better rested and happier as a leader and human being.

What You Should Delegate

Routine Tasks. These may be tasks that need to be done once a week, once a month, or once every time a project is completed. …

Interesting Tasks. …

Tasks Others Could Do Better. …

Tasks Others Might Enjoy. …

Tasks Good for Development. …

Whole Tasks. …

Time-Consuming Tasks. …

Tasks for Which You Are Not Responsible.

 

Steps you should work through when delegating:

·         Prepare your subordinates

·         Assign. …

·         Confirm understanding. …

·         Confirm commitment. …

·         Avoid “reverse delegating” …

·         Ensure Accountability.

 

Where do you need to delegate better?

LESSON 42

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

 

Give Necessary Criticism

Moses teaches us constructive criticism is appropriate and critical.

In Leviticus we read, “You shall reprove your fellow . . .

And you shall not bear a grudge . . .

You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

The above scripture permits reproved and confrontation. God chastise those he love, if you refuse to be reproved you are not a student or child but bustard. Don’t bear a grudge.

Criticism is a form of communication

Feedback helps to identify blind sports

It forces you to think about how you work

The right kind of criticism can give you an advantage

Don’t take it personally

Constructive criticism can be an expression of caring and even love. It demonstrates a desire to lead and help people realize their potential.

 

What constructive criticism have you received? Did you change your behaviour because of it?

LESSON 41

Leadership Lessons from the life of Mosses

 

Invite Different perspectives

We best discern God’s truth when we discuss it from different perspectives.

This idea can make some uncomfortable. Shouldn’t God’s truth be clear and easy to discern? We interpreter the truth based on our personal experiences. Every leader has some blind sports that is why we need a team around us so that we can have a 180 decree view of things. Never surround yourself with people who always agree with you for the sake of peace, winning is not always about pleasing everyone but getting the results.

Well, life is complicated, as is leadership. The answers aren’t always clear. We need to invite different voices into our conversation. Moses does so from the very beginning. He consults with the elders. He consults with Aaron. He even seeks advice from his father-in-law.

Moses is a leader who knows his own limitations. He knows he grows in wisdom as he learns from others. That is why he is called the “most humble man on earth.”

What do you do to ensure that you hear different perspectives on important issues?

 

Personal story

I’m a serious optimistic, people like us have a tendency to overlook serious facts and hope things will work out. Leaders like me have a tendency to choose people like them.

LESSON 40

Leadership Lessons from the of Moses

 

Get the Right People on Board at the Beginning

Moses was an outsider among the Israelites. Remember, he was never a slave. He was raised in Pharaoh’s palace, a prince of Egypt. When God tells him to lead the people out of Egypt, Moses is terrified. What if they reject me, he wonders?

God suggests Moses speak first to the elders of Israel. In effect, Moses gets the key leaders on board first. He populates his leadership team with family and reputable figures. The presence of his elder brother as his right hand man makes things easier for him. He needed people who had experience and their ears on the ground. Remember Moses was out of the country for 40years, he had to surround himself with people who knows the ins and outs of Egypt.

Their presence gives Moses greater credibility.

Had he not done so, Moses may well have been rejected before he had a chance to lead.

Do you have the right people on board? Did you ever lack credibility because you did not initially get the right support?

SESSION 39

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

 

Be Transparent Where it Counts

The Bible tells us Moses kept meticulous records of all the contributions and the way they were used. He made it clear he did not abuse his power and used all the contributions to build the tabernacle and glorify God. His transparency gave the people greater confidence in his leadership.

Transparency is needed in the church as organization and also as an organism.

 

Organization:

Transparency will enhance communication

Transparency will keep the organizational structure intact

Transparency will help to build trust in the Leadership

Transparency will bring more resources

 

Organism:

Living organisms have cells, tissues, organs and systems. A brain cell is fully aware of what a liver cell is doing. For the body to function well we need full disclosure of what you are doing in your sphere.

We can’t be hiding behind the concept of divine secrets.

 

Be Transparent Where it Counts

Certain conversations are meant to take place only between Moses and God. Yet, most of what he knows and believes Moses shares with the people. He is astonishingly transparent, as best evidenced during the construction of the portable tabernacle.

 

Where do you need to be transparent?

How might it affect those with whom you work?

LESSONS 38

Leadership Lessons from the life of Moses

 

He used Strategies to unite his followers

The Israelites that left Egypt were made up of 12 tribes. Each tribe had a unique culture and identity. They were joined by non-Israel groups that were called mixed multitudes. Moses had to figure out ways to unify them.

This group came to Egypt as a family of 70 people and 400 years later it was a nation of over 3million.

Remember this was a group of former slaves, who did not know how to volunteer their services but forced labour was the language they understood.

 

The following were the most effective strategies

He had private miracle session with the leaders of his people first before he could showing them to Pharaoh and his magician 🎩.

Introduction of system and procedures (Laws)

Appointment of capable leaders to assist him

He led with honour and integrity. He never took brides

He publicly disciplined Korah, Dathan and their relatives. Great leaders are not afraid to apply discipline.

 

What strategies bring you and your co-workers together?

What strategies do you use to overcome natural differences?