Family Bible Study lesson for Sept. 2: Affirming God's Worthiness
August 17 2001 by David Edgell , Numbers 13:1-2; 14:6-9, 26-30, 36-38

Family Bible Study lesson for Sept. 2: Affirming God's Worthiness | Friday, Aug. 17, 2001

Friday, Aug. 17, 2001

Family Bible Study lesson for Sept. 2: Affirming God's Worthiness

By David Edgell Numbers 13:1-2; 14:6-9, 26-30, 36-38 Role models often influence others for good or bad. As a young child my role model was an older brother with a passion for discovery and exploration.

An aging wagon in our garage seemed like the perfect piece of equipment for a new coat of paint. The newly painted wagon would surely be the envy of the neighborhood and our pride and joy.

Visions of popularity soon came to an end when our spray can emptied with a small portion of the wagon remaining to be painted. My brother, and highly esteemed role model, acted quickly by devising a plan to remedy our dilemma. The spray paint could be opened and more paint removed if we only had a way to gain access to the remaining paint. Besides, we had always wanted to see the little ball inside of a spray can. A quick search of the garage revealed a bench vice and a hammer. These tools would be sufficient for just such a dilemma. My brother sought my approval and in my state of childlike faith I gave him my resounding, although, hesitant support.

As you can imagine, a fate of "explosive" proportions awaited our course of action. The second swing of the hammer propelled paint throughout the garage, into our eyes and generally covered everything in site.

Influence was a character trait that was exercised by my role model and our father drew the consequences of our actions to a memorable and painful conclusion.

Leadership has been defined in our day as "influence." We influence those we lead and each person is a leader for good or bad to someone in their sphere. But can leaders influence others without regard for obedience in the leader's personal life? Are leaders truly authentic if they disregard God's laws and principles in relation to their leadership task?

Joshua had been influenced by his role model, Moses. Numbers 11:28 informs us that Joshua was an "attendant of Moses from his youth." He had observed the courage of Moses as he had confronted Pharaoh and proclaimed God's judgment on Egypt. He had realized the price that comes from acting on God's behalf only to see others suffer as Pharaoh hardened his heart. Joshua must have stood in awe of God as Moses stretched out his rod and the waters of the Red Sea divided, making a path where there seemed only certain destruction. It was Joshua who sat in the tent of Moses and saw God "speak face to face with Moses as a man speaks with his friend" (Ex. 33:11).

God was even preparing Joshua for the challenges he would face in the land of Canaan as a military assistant to Moses at Rephidim (Ex. 17:8-16). Here he would act in faith and obedience to see God give victory and a promise to be written specifically for Joshua.

But Joshua's ultimate test of faith and obedience would be alongside 11 other men as they entered Canaan to spy out the land (Num. 13:1-14:10). It was after this event that Joshua showed courage in the midst of overwhelming odds. He had seen Moses' actions of faith, and when he was called upon to testify on the feasibility of the task at hand, it was Joshua who gave a challenge to obedience and action.

If leadership is influence, then we must influence those we lead by faith and obedience. We must trust God enough to obey Him and be willing to risk everything by following the example of our ultimate role model who risked everything that we might have life and see a true example of obedience.

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