Rule of Organization (Exodus 18:13-27; Numbers 11:14-30)
like a good idea! So logical! And there
so many people to
marvellous deliverance from Egypt and the opening up of the Red Sea,
the Israelites began their pilgrimage toward the Promised Land with
optimism and hope. However. after just 3 days, they began
complaining! There's not water! The water's bitter! There's no
food! Why did you bring us out of Egypt to kill us? Moses got
angry and burned out trying to solve everybody's problems!
Then came the timely solution... or was it?
nugget When under pressure, don't take
the first logical solution without consulting
Pagan Priest or God's Advice?
father-in-law, came to visit Moses when Moses was "pulling his
hair out" with all the complaining of the Israelites. Jethro
was the priest of Midian i.e. a pagan priest who had no vital
relationship with the true living God. Jethro then taught
Moses the principle of delegation and introduced the pyramid
system of management and organization that most organizations
and even many churches use today. Here's what Jethro advised
Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and
God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and
bring their cases to God, and you shall warn them about the
statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which
they must walk and what they must do. Moreover, look for
able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are
trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the
people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of
tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Every
great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter
they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you,
and they will bear the burden with you. (Exodus
That sounds good! How
do I know that it did not work? Look at the cross references
to Numbers 11. In Numbers 11:14-15, Moses told God, "I am not able to carry all this people alone;
the burden is too heavy for me. If you will treat me like
this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I
may not see my wretchedness." Did God give Moses the
pyramid system? No. Here's what the Lord advised
for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to
be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring
them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand
there with you. And I will come down and talk with you
there. And I will take of the Spirit that is on you and put it
on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with
you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone." Numbers 11:16-17
When the Spirit of the
Lord rested on the seventy men, they prophesied! Which
would you consider to be the right
walk a daily life of rules or depending on a personal
relationship with God?
How to I organize my church, fellowship
or small group?
Do I teach younger
Christians the rules and processes of being a Christian OR do I model
how to have a vital relationship with God for
Rule or Relationship?
Moses had the opportunity to use and test out
both options - one of delegation by Jethro, and the other of the
anointing of the Holy Spirit.
could teach the law to the people and show them the principles of
his decision process. Then he would delegate the responsibility to
a pyramid system of organization from groups of thousands down to
groups of tens. They would then judge among themselves the small matters
and only take the great matters to Moses. By the time Moses
get to judge a matter, it would be highly escalated, controversial and
extremely difficult to solve! This was what I think wore Moses
out in the end and he called out to God!
God's recommendation was simple. Let the elders or core group of people experience
My Spirit and Anointing. Let them have a personal relationship with Me!
Then I will be able to lead and guide them in the
right way to judge all matters. In this way, the responsibility will
truly be shared!
Learning this lesson opened my eyes! The pyramid system
of organization will be appropriate for corporations but it is
not desireable for churches. However, many churches use this because it is easier to
implement in the natural. Not everybody can pay the cost of