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Text:“…Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle…See, said he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shown to thee in the mount.” – Hebrews 8:5.

Comment: For the leader to supervise effectively, he too should know or have experience of what is right and good to be done.  Herein lies the importance of the charge of St. Paul that those who rule should rule with diligence. (Romans 12:8).  Following God's directive to him for the building of the tabernacle as is in the text for today, Moses gave instructions to the workmen, especially, Bezaleel and Aholiab who supervised the craftsmen.  As a diligent and committed leader, Bible records show that Moses “did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded…and Moses blessed them.” (Exodus 39:42-43; See also Exodus 25:40; 26:30; Numbers 8:4). A leader should be able to work out a programme of action and explain it for his subordinates to carry out.  Then he should follow up by monitoring to see if what they had done is according to specification.  Satisfied, the leader should express appreciation for a job well done.  This is sometimes more valuable to surbordinates than money or gifts.

 King David showed Solomon his son the pattern for the building of the temple (1 Chronicles 28:11-13,19).  Nehemiah was on ground to encourage, and make provisions for the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem and the return of captives. (Nehemiah 3,4).  He was readily available. “Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.” – 1 Peter 5:3.

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