Leadership – The Institution of Leadership

Posted on January 20, 2012

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A LOOK AT PASTORAL THEOLOGY

Leadership

(Part Three of Six)

THE INSTITUTION OF LEADERSHIP

In every situation in the Bible where we find people having to deal with people, God sets up a hierarchy so that some may be leaders, and others may follow the leaders. The first example we find is in Genesis when Noah gets off the ark. Genesis 9:5,6 – And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. We see in these two verses the institution of the first human government, and it is done by God. The example to see, while it is not exactly said, but rather implied, is that there would need to be men that stood up and were willing to take the oversight to ensure that justice would be meted out fairly. The need for the government set forth is clear. Without it, men would behave little better than the animals. The institution of a government was designed to offset the rebellious nature of mankind.

Judges 2:16 – Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. Time and time again we see a cycle occurring the book of Judges. The nation of Israel would sin against God. God would bring chastisement and judgment upon them, typically in the form of other pagan nations that they did not drive out of the land as they were supposed to. After a time in bondage to another nation, the children of Israel would cry to God in repentance asking for deliverance. What God would do is he would, as this verse says, raise up a judge to lead the people, to provide leadership, to provide guidance to lead God’s nation back to him. Throughout this time as well there were prophets providing spiritual leadership to the people. Their leadership was routinely ignored, putting them in the place of bearing the brunt of God’s wrath. This as well teaching us a valuable lesson. When God gives us godly leadership, we best avail ourselves of it.

Moving on to look at some principles found in the New Testament. Ephesians 5:22 – Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Colossians 3:18 – Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. We see from these two practically identical verses about the home the structure of leadership that has been placed between the humans. It is God ordained, and it works better than all of the other variations of this principle. Because there will be problems, there will be questions, there will be circumstances where decisions have to be made, God set forth the individual who was supposed to make the decisions. When this rule of order is not followed, it causes problems. Titus 1:5 – For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: In the Lord’s church here on earth, the pillar and ground of God’s truth, he has set an organizational pattern in place. The word elder here means; a term of rank or office. It is manifestly evident, that God saw and thought it best to provide leadership for his churches in the form of human intervention.


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