Moses is Dead

Posted: July 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Several years ago, I read a book by Ed Stetzer entitled, Breaking the Missional Code. From my perspective, the main issue is discovering the context in which you minister and choosing a style that effectively penetrates that context. In Joshua 1, God tells Joshua, “Moses, my servant is dead.” Moses had lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and to the edge of the Promised Land. The congregation saw a land of fruit and honey, but could not see past the giants in their way. They opted instead to turn back into the wilderness and wander for 40 years. Moses faithfully lead them even though they constantly grumbled and complained against his leadership.

For me, Moses in this context represents the old paradigm of ministry, and Joshua represents a new. If the children of Israel had the technology, I wonder would they have put Moses on life support. The bottom line, Moses could not lead them into Canaan. For that they would need Joshua. All across America there are churches that are dieing because they are keeping Moses on life support. They continue to do what they did in the 1950’s. And yet there are those who have been raised up that are thriving because they have embraced Joshua.

I am continually amazed at how stubborn we can be as Christians. How easily we turn back into the wilderness over giants. Joshua and Caleb saw the giants, but they knew they were no match for their God. What about you? What do you see, Giants, or God?

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