Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God... (So) he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out… the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with God. – Exodus 24:29-35
This morning’s post is a commentary on leadership. There are some common themes that are worth thinking about across the board, from a small family unit through every iteration including positions of authority that impact the lives of literally millions of people.
This is on my mind because we talked about Moses in church yesterday. Moses is widely regarded as a leadership icon and there is general agreement that the stories in Exodus have a lot to teach us.
It’s also on my mind because there seems to be a critical leadership vacuum in public life.
One of my favorite Moses stories is the day he came down from Mt. Sinai and there was no mistaking he had been in the presence of God. The Bible says his face shone – his countenance sparkled, not just holding light but shedding it too.
This was a little much for the Israelites. “Put a paper bag over your head, Moses! We can’t stand it!” Or in the language of Old Testament, Moses put a veil over his face.
Rebekah used this story as part of her message on the occasion of ordaining and installing a new class of church officers, elders and deacons. Her other reference was Romans 10:15: “And how are they to proclaim [Jesus] unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”
- How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7:
When we are called to lead – a family, a group of friends, in our work, in the community, at our church – we are called to be people with beautiful feet, loaded up with the radiance that speaks of God’s light resident in us!
Not just light inside us, but light we are shedding.
Can you imagine moving through life carrying so much light that it falls off us, bounces around, and gets all over the other people? Light shared like a wet dog standing in the middle of the kitchen and shaking, light getting everywhere just like that!
Leadership that stands in the presence of God, and then brings that kind of life and energy and Good News and Peace into the conversation and the work. Light and life that elevates those we lead and invites them into the light too.
- Bring Good News
- Proclaim Peace
- Bring good tidings
- Proclaim salvation!
And what is salvation again? Salvation is getting caught up in God’s agenda, God’s initiatives of grace. Salvation is participating in the work of God.
Now that is leadership! Good news; Peace: Light.
So go for it, new elders and deacons. I can’t wait to see the light, the brilliance, the sparkle and the Beautiful Feet.
Peace and more – DEREK
(Photos from Sunday 11:15 worship)