February 5, 2021

Not Always the Same


The Lord replied, “Take Joshua son of Nun, who has the Spirit in him, and lay your hands on him. Present him to Eleazar the priest before the whole community, and publicly commission him to lead the people. Transfer some of your authority to him so the whole community of Israel will obey him. When direction from the Lord is needed, Joshua will stand before Eleazar the priest, who will use the Urim—one of the sacred lots cast before the Lord —to determine his will. This is how Joshua and the rest of the community of Israel will determine everything they should do.” So Moses did as the Lord commanded. He presented Joshua to Eleazar the priest and the whole community. Moses laid his hands on him and commissioned him to lead the people, just as the Lord had commanded through Moses.

Numbers 27:18-23 NLT


We have in this passage the first transfer of leadership recorded in the Bible. Moses is aware that the time has come for a new leader, so he asks God to show him who is to be the next leader. God tells Moses to take Joshua and commission him to lead the nation into the Promised Land.

One interesting note to me is that God gives a new way for Joshua to determine the will of God. Moses would seek God’s will by entering the Tabernacle and hearing God’s direction. Joshua is supposed to go to the priest and use the Urim to determine God’s will. (It appears there was a process of determining God’s will based on the casting of lots.)

This change speaks to me that God always has different ways of doing things with different people. There is no one set way that God directs us and uses us. We must discover the way God wants to lead and use us.

Joshua was going to need to lead in partnership with the priest. Moses seemed to be more the guy who heard from God and told the people what God said.

I have observed that it takes the Moses type of leadership to pioneer something. Whether it is a church or a company, often the lone leader is the one to get something started. Then, it takes a Joshua who has the Spirit within them but also works with others to take the organization to the next level.

Sometimes, I have seen individuals make the transition from a Moses to a Joshua model. They start out as a pioneer blazing the trail alone and then learn to bring in others to perfect the process and complete God’s desire.


Holy Spirit, please help me to be a person who has Your Spirit in me. Help me to listen to You and follow You. Help me also to bring others into my life who will help me discern Your will and desires.

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