Numbers- Session 6- Multiplying Your Leadership Numbers 27:12-23

Numbers Session 6 Notes

Numbers Session 6 Powerpoint

Subject: Leadership
Central Theme: Multiplying Leadership
Objective Sentence: We can be passionate about multiplying our leadership when we fully embrace 3 factors every leader faces.

• Have you ever been overwhelmed by the number of things you had to accomplish?
• There have been times I’ve looked at my to do list and thought “I wish I could clone myself!”
• The truth is I don’t really wish for an actual clone.
• More than one of me in the world wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing.
• The truth of the matter is that if you are doing anything that matters, multiplying yourself is important because there is always more that needs to be done than could possibly be done by any one person.
• Multiplication is critical when it comes to leadership.
• In fact, this is what is implied in the great commission.
• The Bible teaches us to make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.
• As leaders we must be passionate about multiplying our leadership.

We can be passionate about multiplying our leadership when we fully embrace 3 factors every leader faces.

Factor #1- Your leadership will be terminated. V.12-14.

Numbers 27:12-14
12 And the Lord said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. 14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kades in the wilderness of Zin.

• God gave Moses instruction about how his life would end and what would be next for the children of Israel.
• He told Moses that he would see the promised land from Mount Abarim, but that he would not enter.
• Why? Moses had rebelled against God in not sanctify God in the eyes of the people at the rock in the desert of Zin. The wages of his sin was death.
• Death is the inevitable consequence of sin for everyone in this fallen world, other than those who will be raptured.
• Moses faced death and did not enter the promised land.
• God demands more out of those who are leaders.
• The way we lead, especially in regards to how we point others to God, is of utmost importance to the Lord.
• At some point our leadership will end, and we will be responsible for how we stewarded our influence.

Factor #2- Your leadership must be extended. (v.15- 17).

Numbers 27:15-17
15 And Moses spake unto the Lord, saying,
16 Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
17 Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the Lord be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

• After hearing his fate, God’s decision not to let him into the promised land, Moses thins of the people and pleads with God to give them a leader.
• He calls God “the God of the spirits of all flesh”.
• He is appealing to the fact that God is the right one to pick the next leader because God knows the inner man and the outer man.
• The scripture says that man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.
• Moses interceded in the past for the lives of the children of Israel. Here he intercedes for their future and for future leaders.
• Godly leaders think about the future. They plan for it. They do this at least in part by investing in people who are trained for the future. They train these people to train others.
• Godly leaders look to God to lead them to the right people.
• They look to God to find people who are faithful, available, teachable, that have initiative and a heart for the Lord.
• Moses pleaded for the Lord to choose the next leader. We should seek the Lord on who we ought to pour our lives into in order to make a difference for the future.

Factor #3- Your leadership must be invested. (v.18-23)

Numbers 27:18-21
18 And the Lord said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; 19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. 20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. 21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the Lord: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

• God told Moses how to set up the next leaders for success. He told him to take his replacement, Joshua the Son of Nun, and do three things with him.
• First, he was told to lay his hand on him.
o Laying a hand on him could signify a blessing, or a dedication to an office.
o There is a sense in doing this in the transfer of authority.
• Second, he was to set, or present, Joshua to Eleazar the priest.
o He was to do this in front of the people as well.
o Joshua was to replace Moses, and Eleazar had replaced Aaron.
o Their leadership was to be shared.
• Third, he was to charge Joshua.
o To charge meant to commission or command.
o He gives only some of his honor to him at this time.
o Now in matters of decision, Joshua was to go to Eleazar to inquire of the Lord.
o Eleazar would use the Urim, part of the priestly garb, to know what to do.

• God takes leadership seriously.
o When it was time to choose a new leader, he wanted Moses, Joshua, Eleazar, and the people to know what His choice.
o He wanted everyone to believe that He was involved throughout the whole process, and that He would be with them in the future through these leaders.
o Joshua was ready to be leader because he had been faithful in his responsibilities already.
• We should take leadership seriously like God does.
o That means we should be faithful in the tasks and roles that we are given, and we should seek for God to be involved in our leadership at every level.
o We should be faithful currently, and look for faithful capable people to commission to lead as well.
• This means that I should be patient and faithful in my current leadership role until God directs otherwise.
• It also means we should always be looking to train and equip others.
• We should seek God’s direction in the execution and delegation of responsibilities.

22 And Moses did as the Lord commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:
23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses. Numbers 27:22-23

• God had told Moses to do three things regarding setting up a new leader.
• And we see that this is exactly what Moses did in this scripture.
• Moses had been disobedient in the Desert of Zin, but here is was obedient to God even though he was bearing, at some level, the consequences of his own sin.
• In the book of Deuteronomy 31 we find written the charge that Moses gave to the Children of Israel concerning Joshua.

1 And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.
2 And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the Lord hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan.
3 The Lord thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the Lord hath said.
Deuteronomy 31:1-3

• We also find what he told Joshua himself.

7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.
8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
Deuteronomy 31:7-8

• Moses was affirming God’s choice of Joshua in front of the people.
• This is interesting because the whole reason He wasn’t going to the promised land was because he had not sanctified the Lord God in front of the people.
• He was also encouraging Joshua himself about the success that he would have because of God’s presence with him.

I see several points of application here:

• Never stop growing in obedience.

o Moses obeyed God. It was the pattern of his life.
o Even though he was bearing the consequences of his disobedience, he continued to obey God.
o He didn’t let his consequences keep him from what was doing right in the sight of God and for the nation that he loved.

• Never stop investing in the next generation.

o Moses was intentionally investing in Joshua by obeying God in setting him before Eliazar and the people.
o He gave Joshua credibility and authority.
o This was critical for their success. He told them key truths that would help them in the future.

• Never stop believing that God has a plan.

o God’s plan isn’t thwarted or hindered by any one person.
o Even though Moses would not be with the children of Israel in the promised land, God’s promises would be realized by the children of Israel.
o They would go in and conquer.
o God’s plans are way bigger than any one man.

• Where do you need to grow in obedience today?
• Who do you need to invest in today? How will you do it?
• How do you need to trust God today for your future?

We can be passionate about multiplying our leadership when we fully embrace 3 factors every leader faces.

Factor #1- Your leadership will be terminated. V.12-14.
Factor #2- Your leadership must be extended. V.15- 17.
Factor #3- Your leadership must be invested. V.18-23

1 thought on “Numbers- Session 6- Multiplying Your Leadership Numbers 27:12-23”

  1. Powerful Truth! God will accomplish His will using whom He chooses. How humbling to know that He even uses a forgiven sinner like me.

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