PART6: Change in the Bible
The Bible is full of examples of change, too much to list. Doing a full study of change in the Bible will require me to rewrite the Bible, and that is not the intent of this writing. The ones that stand out for me the most and that I will touch on here is: The change from Slavery to Freedom and the change Jesus brought in our faith.
Firstly – the Israelites were caught up in slavery. They did live next to the very fertile Nile River. They grew very strong as a nation, so strong that Pharaoh got VERY scared and had to kill off the little boys/babies in order to stifle their strength. The Egyptians also started to use the Jews as slaves for their hard labour, building one of the wonders of the world.
The Israelites (or at least some of them) did have a good culture of following the one true God, but they also had a spirit/culture of slavery and could not get out of their circumstances. God sent them a leader, Moses. Moses had to work hard on his own character and behaviours before he could lead the people. God walked a long road with Moses through the desert to mould him into the leadership position he had to take on later in life. Moses did have some good culture (his faith) and some bad cultures (from the Egyptians that raised him). Moses had to spend some time with the people he tried to rescue – the Jews. He did know them from the little he got into contact with when his own mom raised him as a little boy, but I am sure over the years under Egyptian influence he lost some of the understanding of the people, only when he were sent from being royalty to an outcast was he able to connect with the realities that the ‘normal’ people had to face. The people Moses surrounded himself with were crucial in his story. Aaron was the correct ‘’ingredient’’ in the team Moses took with him to get the job done.
God revealed the process step by step to Moses on how to free His people. Plague one, two, three – Moses just had to follow the recipe step by step. On top of that a lot of courage and faith was required and Moses could stand firm and do the work he was called for.
Jesus walked the earth. He was the best example of being a leader. He was real, authentic and everyone knew where he stood with them. Sick people knew He loved them and wanted them healed. Sinful people knew He forgives sin and did not judge. The Pharisees knew he did not agree with the way they interpreted the law, while having a blind eye to other parts in the Bible. Satan knew Jesus were not to be manipulated. All knew Him and where they stood. They might not have understood him at that time, but they knew where they stood. Jesus spent a lot of time with the people he tried to change. He walked with them, talked with them, healed them and fed them. He knew their thinking. He knew their challenges – he took time to explain the same things over and over again, with stories, with wonders, with scripture. He walked the talk and had a lot of courage to do what was required of Him. He did not stand still in one place (his office) and asked the people to come to Him – He went from town to town and engaged with the people first. He also took the scriptures that was difficult and out of reach to all and helped all to understand it better, to make it practical, to make it accessible to the people. He gave so many recipes for us to follow. One after the other.
You will do well as a leader if you follow the recipes in the Bible with the great leaders in the Bible when you want to engage with your workforce. It all depends whether you want a Kingdom business or whether you want worldly business. The choice is yours. Sometimes the worldly recipes have taken some of the kingdom principles and adjusted it to their own needs. I challenge you to start managing your business in a purely Kingdom fashion.
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