The Good Shepherd

Num 27: 16-17 NIV
“May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community  to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”

1. Moses was about to die, and he asked the Lord to appoint a leader over His people, so that they would not be like sheep without a shepherd. —> This is what being a leader is all about.

Like Moses, this was on Jesus’ heart too, that the people should not be like sheep without a shepherd. He Himself came to be their Shepherd, but they were not willing to accept Him. (Matt 23) This broke His heart.

In John 10, Jesus says He is the Good Shepherd. (The word ’good’ in Greek actually means: beautiful, handsome, excellent, eminent, choice, surpassing, precious, useful, suitable, commendable, admirable.) Joshua was a pointer to our beautiful Jesus, the Shepherd of all shepherds.

2. Another thing that stood out to me is that it was the Lord, – not Moses, and not Joshua – Who chose Joshua. Not one of his qualifications were pointed out.

Only “in whom is the Spirit”. That is better than any gifting or qualification or experience. To know Him, to be loved by Him, to be full of Him. In Him is Life, and the Life is the Light of men. (John 1:4)

3. Today, we are called and chosen and filled with the Spirit to be loving shepherds who feed and tend His people in His name. (John 21)

(MajorPeopleBiblePlan – JOSHUA)

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See A Big God

Did you know that the 12 spies were all leaders? Only 2 out of 10 saw a big God, a big promise, and big supply – while the rest saw big problems and big lack.

Wow. Thought provoking. Truly, majority is not always right. And I’m reminded that it’s so important to keep our heart soft for the things of the Lord.

Look what seeing a “big God” does to you:

Caleb and Joshua had the courage to speak up in the midst of crying, complaining, wailing, worry and fear.

Numbers 14:8-9
They declared: It’s an EXCEEDINGLY GOOD LAND. If THE LORD DELIGHTS IN US HE WILL BRING us into the land and GIVE it to us… the people of the land are OUR BREAD. THE LORD IS WITH US. DO NOT FEAR THEM.

Love that! That’s the kind of leader I wanna be.

Look what seeing “big lack” does to you:

I would have expected celebration after this.
Instead they said to STONE THEM!

What?

MajorPeopleBiblePlan: Numbers 14 – JOSHUA