March 02, 2022 Jason Hovde

Delegating Authority

Delegating Authority

Greetings, church!

This past Sunday, we looked at Deuteronomy 1:9-18 and we focused on the organizational structure that Moses had put into place for the Israelites. The organizing of God’s people involved delegation, responsibility, and humility.

According to John Maxwell, , “Everything rises and falls on leadership. The best one-word definition that I know for leadership is influence. He who thinks he leads but has no one following him is only taking a walk. Leaders affect how their followers think, feel, and respond. All leaders have a degree of influence on others. Moses understood the important role these key leaders would play in the welfare of Israel. Therefore, he carefully outlined for the people the process of selection. A leader should be (1) chosen by the people (v. 13); (2) spiritually qualified (v. 13); (3) approved by the head leader (Moses) (v. 15); and (4) appointed by the head leader according to ability (v. 15).

Moses felt that a leader could be defined as one who knows the way (understanding), goes the way (experience), and shows the way (credibility). He understood that a leader was not necessarily an extraordinary man, but an ordinary man committed to an extraordinary God. Therefore, the selection of men who qualified to fill this role was not a matter to be taken lightly.” Maxwell, John C., and Lloyd J. Ogilvie. Deuteronomy. Vol. 5. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc, 1987. Print. The Preacher’s Commentary Series.

There are several important points here, but one theme we see throughout scripture is that there needs to be a high standard for those who would lead. It’s not perfection we are after, but we should be careful to make sure that people in leadership have shown these qualities consistently. Leaders develop maturity and humility over time, which is why Paul warned Timothy about not putting someone into a leadership position before they were ready: Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. -1 Timothy 5:21–22 (ESV)

I mentioned Sunday that all of us are leaders. Take some time to think about the ways you lead. Whether as a parent, a caretaker, a teacher, or in your job, if you lead customers or other workers, keep these leadership principles in mind. Have humility as you lead: For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:3 (ESV).

A humble person also takes responsibility in the right ways. We need not take responsibility for things outside our sphere of influence, but where there is authority, we must take responsibility. Moses showed us that delegation is an important part of leading. He took responsibility for those he was put in charge of. Moses was strong, lived with conviction, and he led through delegating and taking responsibility. I think, though, that Moses was a highly successful leader because he had humility, or meekness: Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3 (ESV)

Lord, please grant to us meekness like Moses, as we lead in our spheres of influence. Help us have the confidence to delegate and take responsibility for ourselves and those you have charged us to care for. Help Oasis Church to be marked by a spirit of humble service to King Jesus as we strive towards the prize. Thank you for calling us into your service. We serve for your glory, and to lift the name of Jesus.

This Sunday, I will continue the sermons series from Deuteronomy, continuing in Chapter 1. To prepare yourself for the sermon, I recommend reading that chapter. If you have a bible with footnotes, try looking up some of the cross references. Remember to make observations, such as our Resolute Men's group has been learning to make, using these thoughts from Vince Miller:


  • WORDS: Look for repeated words as well as the specific terms used to describe people, places, and things.
  • CHARACTERS: Their roles and actions within the text.
  • GRAMMAR: Identify the subject, verb, and object of each sentence. What verbs represent the text or take center stage? Look for the use of contrasts and comparisons used to make or emphasize a central point.
  • STRUCTURE: Examine how sentences and paragraphs come together, paying special attention to transitions and connection terms like “therefore.”
  • GENRE: Discern the genre of the text, whether poetry, prose, a letter, a prophetic, or narrative style.
  • MOOD: Notice the tone of the text by paying attention to actions, emotions, and/or challenges.

If you spend some time making good observations, you will be much more likely to have a true understanding of the passage. I hope to see you at church on Sunday!

If you missed Sunday's sermon, you can listen here: 893435--organizing-gods-people

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