Since I have not been blogging as I should lately... I thought that posting these would be a good way to get back into it... and if nothing else, they would all be typed up. :) ** Also - I would like to point out that this commentary is not meant to be a political statement in anyway... they are my observations from the Word of God not my impressions of any leader in our country.**
I started these notes with the book of Micah. I will not post the entire chapters of reference, but the verses from which the specific lessons are derived. If you need a quick/easy online Bible reference... just click on this link...
LESSONS FROM MICAH 3&4 (verses 1-5)
"And I said: Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel!
Is it not for you to know justice?—
2 you who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin from off my people[a] and their flesh from off their bones,
3 who eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones in pieces and chop them up like meat in a pot,
like flesh in a cauldron.
4 Then they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer them;
he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil.5 Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray,
who cry “Peace” when they have something to eat, but declare war against him
who puts nothing into their mouths. (Micah 3:1-5)
- How can we expect rulers (non-believers) with no moral code/compass of reference to be moral and just leaders?
- A leader should not cause their people to be unwisely unprepared for any situation (based on their pride or ignorance) - in doing so you only create chaos and confusion.
- Throughout chapters 3 and 4, God had a plan for the good AND the bad. The bad were destroyed and the good were given instructions as to where they should go. Regardless of who or what faith you are (or are not) God is in control of you and your destiny.
LESSONS FROM MICAH 5: (verses 5:2-3, 7-9 ESV)
2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,- Big things don't necessarily have to come from big places. The Messiah was from a tiny, seemingly insignificant town called Bethlehem - He, well He did big things... *LEADERSHIP COMES FROM EVERYWHERE*
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
3 Therefore He shall give them up,- God does not forget those who feel forgotten. No matter how small or insignificant a person/group may feel - they are important and significant to their Maker.
Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth;
Then the remnant of His brethren
Shall return to the children of Israel.
7 Then the remnant of JacobA remnant is by definition the leftovers... scraps... well, in this case, God used the remnant of Jacob to do big things. He used a small group and ensured defeat of their enemies... I think this is definitely a Quality/Quantity example!
Shall be in the midst of many peoples,
Like dew from the Lord,
Like showers on the grass,
That tarry for no man
Nor wait for the sons of men.
8 And the remnant of Jacob
Shall be among the Gentiles,
In the midst of many peoples,
Like a lion among the beasts of the forest,
Like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
Who, if he passes through,
Both treads down and tears in pieces,
And none can deliver.
9 Your hand shall be lifted against your adversaries,
And all your enemies shall be cut off.
LESSONS FROM CHAPTER 6: (verses 1-2, 6-7, 8, 15 NKJV)
- There will always be other people who can speak up for your actions (good or bad) if you refrain from doing so... dirty laundry will be aired, so you might as well speak up and take responsibility for you actions. A leader should be willing and able to admit fault.6 Hear now what the Lord says:“Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
And let the hills hear your voice.
2 Hear, O you mountains, the Lord’s complaint,
And you strong foundations of the earth;
For the Lord has a complaint against His people,
And He will contend with Israel.
- Attitude is everything. It doesn't necessarily matter what you are bringing to the table, but rather how (in what attitude) you are bringing it.6 With what shall I come before the Lord,
And bow myself before the High God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
Ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
- Remember when working as a group - if you bring the right attitude to any situation your news/opinions/etc... will be more readily accepted.
- Be an example of living, breathing Christian worship every day:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
- Do justly: Do the right thing/ be accountable
- Love mercy: Love others despite difference just as Christ loves us despite ourselves
- Walk Humbly: As Pawpaw Cole told me once, "Remember who you are, what you are, and where you're from." Don't go throughout life acting like you deserve anything. In order to be a servant leader you have to put yourself on the back burner and sacrifice for others.
15 “You shall sow, but not reap; You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;- Recognition is not the be all, end all... and it should never be your motivation. As a Christian living in an unchristian world we often contribute to projects wholeheartedly, but we do not get equal support or recognition. A Christian should not be upset because of lack of recognition - for what do the accolades of the world equal in comparison to the recognition by Christ.
And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.
LESSONS FROM MICAH 7 (v. 4, 7, 14, 18) NKJV
- Rather than focusing your attention on the watch for enemies (negativity)...
4 The best of them is like a brier;- Focus your watch on the Lord (positivity).
The most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge;
The day of your watchman and your punishment comes;
Now shall be their perplexity.
7 Therefore I will look to the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
My God will hear me.
- "Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your heritage..." In leadership positions you work to shepherd others in the right direction. You leadership (or lack thereof) will ultimately leave behind a legacy or heritage, and we must always be conscious of our heritage and how it speaks for us.14 Shepherd Your people with Your staff,
The flock of Your heritage, Who dwell solitarily in a woodland,
In the midst of Carmel; Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, As in days of old.
- Don't burn bridges, hold grudges, or stay mad.He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.18 Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity
And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?
- Be merciful and show grace to those under your supervision who have failed/disappointed in some way.
The impact of your leadership does not stay in one city or on one campus. As those you lead move and travel, the lessons you teach go with them. Always look for a chance to make any situation a teaching situation.
I know this was long... but I hope someone gathered something from reading it! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!