Have you ever seen a great leader step down or end a term and wonder, “Who’s going to lead us now?” Or maybe you are a leader, and you’ve had to leave someplace and you wonder, “Who can take my place?” This chapter talks about that topic. Keep reading:
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Moses spoke to the Lord, saying, “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint someone over the congregation who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep without a shepherd.” So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay your hand upon him; have him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and commission him in their sight. You shall give him some of your authority, so that all the congregation of the Israelites may obey. But he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the decision of the Urim before the Lord; at his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the Israelites with him, the whole congregation.”
The answer to the questions at the beginning is, “God will provide a leader.” Today many people are thinking about Jesus’ death and resurrection, and I can’t help but wonder if the disciples asked the same question when Jesus died, and also after He ascended to heaven. “Who will lead us now?” “God will provide a leader.” When Jesus died it wasn’t the end—praise God! He rose from the dead, claiming victory over death and sin! He conquered the grave so we too could, only by holding tightly to Him, have that same victory over sin and the second death! But when He ascended into heaven they didn’t have Jesus on earth in a physical form anymore. They remembered soon after that Jesus promised a Helper, a Comforter—the Holy Spirit. His work is to help us develop a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, one that will shape us more and more into His character so we can be safe to save.
Just like the Israelites, we might wonder who our leader is, and just like Moses we can ask God to send us a leader. The ultimate Leader we can have to guide us today is the Holy Spirit. Let’s pray and ask God for Him to live in our hearts today.
Happy Resurrection Day/Easter/Passover!
Timmy Baze 😀
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.