“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Gather before me seventy men who are recognized as elders and leaders of Israel. Bring them to the Tabernacle to stand there with you. I will come down and talk to you there. I will take some of the Spirit that is upon you, and I will put the Spirit upon them also. They will bear the burden of the people along with you, so you will not have to carry it alone.”
Numbers 11:16-17 (NLT)
I need some help!
Jesus once said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few! Pray to the Lord of the harvest that he send more workers.”
When my Uncle Babe grew his prize winning tobacco he would plant his tobacco himself using his tractor. He had the straightest rows! He would then enlist a few family members to pick the “suckers” off of the blooming plants but when the harvest had come into full bloom he enlisted every strong man he could find in the community to cut that tobacco. It was like an all-star team of some of the strongest men, young and old, in the community. I was on that team! It was so rewarding to be out there in that hot field in the summer doing back-breaking work together. We made the work fun! It was hard but we found a way to enjoy the work together pushing each other to do our best.
There comes a time where men can no longer go at it alone. We need a group of men to bring in the harvest.
Moses had been a lone wolf leader. He had successfully liberated over 600,000 people from slavery with the help of God. But now he needed help to feed a hungry group of people who were standing in the doorway of their homes whining and complaining that there was no meat!
Moses was exasperated. There was no way he alone could meet the needs of this large community. He even told God to take his life! Sometimes we can feel so overwhelmed as leaders that we have thoughts of death. Giving up is not an option. We just need some help!
God told Moses to get seventy men that could help him. If we are going to change the ills in our society and meet the needs of our community we are going to need the help of the men.
Women have been holding it down in the church for years! I’m super excited to see the women politically engaged, but if we are going to save the black community from starvation and oppression we are going to need some men!
Slavery was successful in the separation and castration of the black man as head of the home. Institutional racism continues to target black men through genocide and mass incarceration. It only makes sense that God instructs Moses to find seventy men to help him.
- Help me find seventy men who are recognized as leaders and elders. There are men in our community, young and old, who are recognized as influencers. In a crisis you start with those already recognized as leaders. There are too many gifted men not being utilized in our churches. Find me seventy men!
- I will take the spirit on you and put it on them. Men need to be inspired. The Holy Spirit is what inspires men to act beyond themselves. Men follow men! Men need to see men! Moses had to be filled with the Spirit for God to take off of him and put on them. We have to be the change we want to see.
- They will bear the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to do it alone. Men need something to do. We are action oriented. This summer God put it on my heart to start a midnight basketball league to get the young men off the streets, but I’m going to need some older men to help me. I need some men to help me mentor these young men who are starving for relationship and male leadership. I need seventy men. The harvest is plentiful!
There’s a lot of work that needs to be done and I am overwhelmed. Can you show me the men in my community and church who are able to help me? Make their hearts receptive. Send them to me. Show me the men who are ready to bring in this harvest of young men and women who need love. Raise up warriors. Turn the hearts of the fathers back to their sons and daughters. Stir up the men to take up leadership positions as it relates to our plight. Lord send me seventy men!
In Jesus’ Name,