One of my favorite stories in the Bible is that of Moses. One could say a lot about his life and ministry. This would include his confrontations with the Egyptian Pharaoh, leading his people through the Red Sea as they fled from Egypt, his encounter with the burning bush on Mount Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments, and the trials associated with enduring a 40-year journey through the wilderness.
One could say that these were some of Moses’ greatest achievements. In the eyes of many, Moses could be referred to as a great “superhero” of the Old Testament.
I am in line with this assessment, but not in a way that you might expect.
Moses’ “greatness” should not solely be credited to himself. First and foremost, due credit should be given to God, who was the author and director of everything that Moses “achieved.” Also, one of Moses’ strengths involved a willingness to receive outside help from other sources.
For example, even though Moses was a public figure, he was not noted for eloquent speech. So his brother Aaron served in this capacity.
To his credit, Moses also listened to wise counsel given by his father-in-law. His name was Jethro.
Moses greatly appreciated this elder’s mentoring. Jethro advised his son-in-law to take better care of himself. This led to the appointment of judges who took a central role in handling legal matters. Before that time, Moses did it all. Thankfully, Moses listened to Jethro, followed through with his advice, and everyone benefited as a result.
Yes, I do believe that Moses achieved greatness. He did so, in part, by sharing the responsibly of leadership. This enabled others to gain confidence and develop their skills.
Moses was not afraid to enlist the help of others. In doing so, he left a living legacy, and set a model for what healthy leadership should look like.
Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 25 years.