Leading Yourself And Your Family, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Numbers 20:8, “Speak to the rock. Though God told Moses to take his rod with which He had performed many wonders in the past (Ex. 4:1–5; 7:19– 21; 14:16; 17:5, 6), he was only to speak to the rock for it to yield water. Numbers 20:10 you rebels. Instead of speaking to the rock, Moses spoke to the people, accusing them of being rebels against God”

By his actions, Moses joined the people in rebellion against God (see 27:14).”

In the book of Numbers chapter 20, MacArthur comments on Moses’ actions in the following: Moses was therefore kept out of the Promised Land because of his rebellion. Perhaps you are thinking that is not fair, because after all Moses did, how could God do such a thing? God is holy and has high standards for those who He calls to lead in His name. Earlier in Moses life, God set out to kill Moses for failing to circumcise his son in Exodus 4:24–26, 24, “At a lodging place on the way the Lord met him and sought to put him to death. 25 Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” 26 So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision”

The Hard Sayings of the Bible states, “The link between verses 24–26 and the material before and after it is important. It is not that God was seeking Moses’ life, as Pharaoh had. There are two key themes. First, there is the matter of the sons. Pharaoh’s “firstborn” (Ex 4:23) and Moses’ son (perhaps his firstborn) are involved in a crucial contest that involves God’s call to Israel, his “firstborn” (Ex 4:22). The contrasts are deliberate, and they manifest the grace of God and a call for response to the word of God.

The second issue is the preparation of God’s commissioned servant. God had prepared the nation of Israel, by virtue of their groaning, and He had prepared Moses in leadership skills; yet there was still a small but important matter of preparation of the family. Moses had failed to have his son circumcised, either as a concession to his wife’s scruples or because of his own relaxation of standards. As a result, he almost lost the opportunity to do what he had been prepared all his life to do—and he almost lost his life as well.

Obviously, Zipporah was moved to act quickly on her own. Without a word of instruction, she suddenly seized a flint knife (or stone) and circumcised her son. Usually this would be a ceremony performed by the head of the house. Zipporah’s action shows that she instinctively connected her husband’s malady with the failure to place their son under God’s covenant through circumcision (Gen 17:10–14). Moses may well have been too ill to act on his own; therefore Zipporah took the initiative.”

God expects godly leaders to look after their own lives and families. Voddie Baucham states speaking about the two sides of his life. He states, “There two sides to my life. One is personal, the other professional. On the one hand I am a preacher, a writer, an elder in the local church, and a professor. It is easy to get caught up in the professional side of my life. However there is another side of me, a far more important side. The most important side of my life is the one where I bear my most cherished titles – husband and father. There is nothing in the world that means more to me than the fact that I am Bridget’s husband and Asher, Jasmine, Trey, and Elijah’s father. Whenever I say that, I can almost hear people thinking, “Shouldn’t your relationship with Christ mean more to you than your family life? I guess in an ultimate sense that is the case. However, my family is the primary place where my walk with Christ takes on flesh. It is my relationship with my wife and children that gives my walk with Christ legitimacy.”

Quoting Matthew 22:34-40, he states, if my wife doesn’t qualify as my closet neighbor than who is? 1Timothy 3 lists Qualifications for Overseers vs. 1 “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self- controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?”

Also Qualifications for Deacons, “8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus

To close, as leaders in the church let us start in the harder more important place, in our homes, and then let it flow out to the Church of God, this is the order Scripturally. Blessings Pastor Phil


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