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Text: : “So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.” – Deuteronomy 1:15.

Comment: It was for the purpose of grooming future leaders and to delegate duties to others that Moses appointed captains of thousands, hundreds, fifties for the Jews in his days.  And because the action was largely successful and beneficial in the administration of the people it became a custom among the Jews.  The move was prompted by Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses who visited him in the wilderness and having observed that Moses sat from morning till evening, judging the people, he was concerned about the health implications of that manner of administration. He advised Moses to choose honest people, men who fear God, to be leaders of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.  It is only matters that could not be settled by various levels of leadership that will be brought to Moses (Exodus 18:13-26). The advice was taken seriously by Moses and became the mode of administering the people henceforth.

Leaders should not be afraid to delegate responsibility. It makes things to work faster and better, just as it trains other people to acquire leadership skills. Those who want to do everything alone wear themselves out physically and mentally and slow down the growth of the organization.  Moreover, the people to whom tasks are delegated should be trustworthy, that is, capable and honest so as to merit being entrusted with leadership positions. St. Paul admonished “Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 4:2.

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