Spirit of slavery vs. spirit of sonship.
Every organization you do business with is somewhere along that spectrum. You can tell very quickly by asking whoever you are talking to about a variation in the standard procedure. In a company with a heavy spirit of slavery, the rules are made at the top and all deviations from the rules are also made at the top and only at the top.
In an organization with a strong spirit of sonship, there are principles more than rules, and the people at the lowest level understand the principles and are authorized to make a significant number of on-the-spot decisions.
The Hebrews had been enslaved for at least a couple of centuries, possibly longer. And even though Moses had not personally been in the brickyards, he had more than a small dose of the spirit of slavery in his thinking. Thus, it was important for God to begin to grow him out of that, into sonship.
One of the many ways God used was to share power. Consider the sequence of the second plague – frogs everywhere.
First, God moved, controlling the timing. He had a schedule He was watching since the Hebrews needed to exit Egypt 430 years to the day from when they entered. Moses didn’t know that was the time line, and he didn’t know the number of plagues God would use, so it was appropriate for this to be in God’s hands. God also was playing the PSYOPS game and knew where the national psyche was at any given moment.
So God initiated after seven days, sending Moses to Pharaoh with a little full disclosure courtesy note. When Pharaoh ignored them, God instructed Aaron to use the staff to manufacture frogs.
Pharaoh made the next move, sending a message to Moses shortly thereafter, asking for relief.
What happened next is fascinating. There is silence from God. Moses somehow knew he was authorized to negotiate. By now Moses was beginning to get in the game. He not only promised Pharaoh he would get rid of the frogs for him, but he very confidently invited Pharaoh to pick the time, so Moses could show off just a bit.
Pharaoh picked a time slot; Moses confidently assured him he could consider it done.
THEN when Moses and Aaron were in private, he cried out to God and said, “Sure hope you back me up here!” Exodus 8:12 BVV
God was perfectly fine with it, and the next day Moses had an additional measure of street cred in Egypt.
God was quite sure Moses was not going to get a big head and run away with the program. With that confidence in his motives, God was comfortable letting Moses wield some power and build his own brand at the same time he was building God’s brand for Him.
A comfortable teamwork between The Almighty and Moses.
Moses was far from being a finished masterpiece, but God was so sure of His man, and so sure of His ability to clean up any messes that happened along the way, that He had no difficulty with power sharing from the very beginning.
What a great God.
Copyright October 2015 by Arthur Burk
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