Leadership Part 4

Under Authority

Joshua could not have won the battle without Moses. Moses was his covering and what made him successful. Without his intercession, without his authority Joshua would have been defeated. It was Moses who had the relationship/history with God and he know how to pray.

And from this Israel was to learn the lesson. That in all its conflicts with the ungodly powers of the world, strength for victory could only be procured through the incessant lifting up of its hands in prayer.
(Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament: New Updated Edition)

Those in authority over you have history with God that you do not have – you need it!! And God will bless you when you stay under it!

Exodus 17:8-13
The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up –one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Joshua received authority through Moses.

Numbers 27:18-20 (New Century Version)

18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, because my Spirit is in him. Put your hand on him,19 and have him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the people. Then give him his orders as they watch.20 Let him share your honor so that all the Israelites will obey him.

Hebrews 13:17 (New Century Version)

17 Obey your leaders and act under their authority. They are watching over you, because they are responsible for your souls. Obey them so that they will do this work with joy, not sadness. It will not help you to make their work hard.

David did not take the life of Saul, even though Saul was out to kill him. He recognized his position and authority and waited for the Lord to raise him into his position.

Esther listened to her uncle Mordecai, even though it could cost her life and save her people.

A Person of Prayer

All throughout the Scriptures Jesus is found praying. He continually goes aside and has personal time with God. He is also found praying for and with His disciples. It seems everything He does is out of a place of prayer.

Psalms 138:3 (New Century Version)

3 On the day I called to you, you answered me.
You made me strong and brave.

David knew the value of crying out to God, in good times and bad, just as Jesus did. Desperation and hunger attracts God. He will ALWAYS respond.

Matthew 15:22-28 (New Century Version)

22 A Canaanite woman from that area came to Jesus and cried out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter has a demon, and she is suffering very much.”

23 But Jesus did not answer the woman. So his followers came to Jesus and begged him, “Tell the woman to go away. She is following us and shouting.”

24 Jesus answered, “God sent me only to the lost sheep, the people of Israel.”

25 Then the woman came to Jesus again and bowed before him and said, “Lord, help me!”

26 Jesus answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.”

27 The woman said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

28 Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! I will do what you asked.” And at that moment the woman’s daughter was healed.

It was not the time for Jesus to show Himself to the Gentiles but the cry from this women moved His heart. Her faith caused Him to move. What a compassionate God we have!!
Matthew 20:30-34
Says to blind men were sitting by the road when they heard that Jesus was passing by. Jesus was not intending to stop and heal them. But they cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son OF David!”
Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more. Saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sigh, and they followed Him. Do you get that? Jesus was not intending to stop and the resistance of the crowd did not stop them from crying out, in fact it says they cried all the more.. they were desperate…hungry for Jesus to touch the, and heal them. And He did. Again He was moved with compassion.

There are so many examples in the Bible of hungry, desperate people crying out and God responding to them. God hears the cries of His people and moves with power on their behalf. ALWAYS!

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