The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” So Moses rose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. Exodus 24:12-13 ESV
The Lord had something extremely important to communicate to His people. So, He called Moses and his aide, Joshua, up on a mountain top for 40 days of extended time together. What was communicated from God to Moses during those days was recorded by him in the following chapters of Exodus, chapters 25-31. Let’s examine how God communicated to and through leadership.
There were three general means of communication that the Lord used to get the message of the Law, the Tabernacle, and Levitical leadership across to Moses (and Joshua), seeking to ensure clarity of message.
The first means of communication was verbal. “The LORD said to Moses…” (Exodus 25:1). To deliver a message, speaking the message to another (sometimes repeating the message) is an initial step. The fact that Moses records the words spoken to him by God implies that he (or perhaps his aide- Joshua) were taking detailed notes of what was being spoken to them.
Secondly, we note that God used visual reinforcement of what He communicated verbally. “Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.” (Exodus 25:9 ESV) Again the Lord says, “And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.” (Exodus 25:40 ESV)
The third way the Lord used to deepen the impact and clarify the message was by written words. Note what Moses took down the mountain when he left after 40 days. “And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. (Exodus 31:18 ESV) Here was the ‘executive summary’ of the Law – the 10 Commandments – written on stone tablets by God Himself.
Verbal, visual, and written means of communication were all used by God to ‘over-communicate’ this very important message. As Kingdom leaders, don’t assume telling is communicating. Don’t assume because you put it in writing that those you lead are reading it. And yes, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words!
May it not be said of your leadership, “What we have here is a failure to communicate!”