Key Leaders similarities of Old Testament
Have you ever wondered who David used as a role model?
I have. When you think about it, his brothers weren’t too fond of him and his father loved him dearly but only saw him as the runt of the litter.
This morning I thought about the instructions given to Solomon from David;
David continued to address Solomon: “Take charge! Take heart! Don’t be anxious or get discouraged. GOD, my God, is with you in this; he won’t walk off and leave you in the lurch. He’s at your side until every last detail is completed for conducting the worship of GOD. You have all the priests and Levites standing ready to pitch in, and skillful craftsmen and artisans of every kind ready to go to work. Both leaders and people are ready. Just say the word.” (1 Chronicles 28:20-21 MSG)
Also David told Solomon his son, Be strong and courageous, and do it. Fear not, be not dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail or forsake you until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord. (1 Chronicles 28:20 AMP)
It would seem like David was an avid study of Joshua.
This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:8-9 AMP)
If we look in exodus, God says something similar to Moses;
14 GOD got angry with Moses: “Don’t you have a brother, Aaron the Levite? He’s good with words, I know he is. He speaks very well. In fact, at this very moment he’s on his way to meet you. When he sees you he’s going to be glad. You’ll speak to him and tell him what to say. I’ll be right there with you as you speak and with him as he speaks, teaching you step by step. He will speak to the people for you. He’ll act as your mouth, but you’ll decide what comes out of it. Now take this staff in your hand; you’ll use it to do the signs.” (Exodus 4:14-17 MSG)
It appears that Moses understood how important it was to have The Lord’s presence near him.
Moses said, “If your presence doesn’t take the lead here, call this trip off right now. How else will it be known that you’re with me in this, with me and your people? Are you traveling with us or not? How else will we know that we’re special, I and your people, among all other people on this planet Earth?” (Exodus 33:15-16 MSG)
And if you recall… Why Joseph was so successful….
But the Lord was with Joseph, and he [though a slave] was a successful and prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to flourish and succeed in his hand. [Gen. 21:22; 26:27, 28; 41:38, 39.] (Genesis 39:2-3 AMP)
What is the common theme?….
You got it… The Lord was with them!
And he made all they did prosper. I believe that in those low moments alone, even in the pit that Joseph spoke to God for endless nights. I believe that as a shepherd rejected by his family out and alone, that David meditated and visualized the bible heroes of old like Moses and Joshua, that he spoke to God one on one and spent time with him frequently.