In Spiritual Leadership, Henry Blackaby And Richard Blackaby

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In Spiritual Leadership, Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby remind readers that the Bible reveals God’s pattern of working through successive generations. God gave his people specific instructions concerning how they were to train and prepare the emerging generation of leaders (Deut. 6:6-9; 20-25). In both Old and New Testament scripture, the message about succession is consistent: effective leaders plan ahead for the time when they can no longer lead, and they prayerfully prepare for that day. Consideration of biblical trends in succession planning may provide ancient insight into contemporary conditions. Moses and Joshua Moses. The mere mention of this ancient Hebrew leader’s name conjures a wide variety of images. For some, the…show more content…
Moses is well known for his leadership prowess. One of the lesser discussed, but extremely significant, truths about Moses is that his leadership was not solely characterized by the plans made and executed for Israel during his life, but also the plans developed and implemented after he was no longer able to lead. Moses planned for Israel’s continued success by developing a succession plan. Readers are first introduced to what may be considered his succession plan in Numbers 27:12-23: The Lord said to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abram range, and see the land that I have given to the Israelites. 13 When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, 14 because you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled with me. You did not show my holiness before their eyes at the waters.” (These are the waters of Meribath-kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.) 15 Moses spoke to the Lord, saying, 16 “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint someone over the congregation 17 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.” 18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay your hand upon him; 19 have him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and commission him in their sight. 20 You

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