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“Sacred lots”

The more you think about how important leadership is and all that it entails with social intelligence, cultural intelligence, partnership intelligence and Myers Briggs and my guru, Peter Drucker, the more helpful it is to see how many times leaders were chosen in the Bible because of lots that were drawn.

Basically I think that maybe everyone was so equal to the task, that the only difference would have been God‘s choice in the matter.  That was settled by drawing sacred lots.

I think that it also relieved pressure from the leadership in making decisions without bias or judgement.  Partiality plays a part in our human nature whether or not we think so.

Well, sacred lots do not look like they have a part to play in my immediate future, but I will keep the idea in my back pocket – just in case.


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4 thoughts on ““Sacred lots”

  1. andydbrown on said:

    The last mention of taking (sacred) lots in the Bible was in the book of Acts when they chose Matthias. I’ve heard a few good sermons about how there is no need for lots now that we have the Holy Spirit to guide us in such decisions. There is good argument that even that lot taken in Acts to replace Judas was wrong as Paul was supposed to be the final Apostle but the disciples (between Jesus ascension and before the giving of the Spirit to the church) made this assumption as they leaned on their own insights.

  2. interesting thought indeed – just a question Andy so that I hear you in context – are these the same people that say that the gifts of the Spirit are not necessary because they ended when the apostle Paul died?

    • andydbrown on said:

      No, au contraire. Because we rely on the Holy Spirit, who still speaks loud and clear to individuals (and congregations), and we have the gifts of the Holy Spirit, there is no real need to rely on “toss-of-the-dice-style-decisions”. Just something to think about. Not being dogmatic-just offering “food for thought”. The post itself is fascinating and appreciated! 🙂 I’m suddenly reminded of this verse: “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:33) The New Living Translation even translates this verse as “We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.” so perhaps there is still room for “sacred lots” after all! God bless and keep up the great blogging!

      • Thanks for the feedback Andy – good, I am glad that there is still relevancy of the Spirit today. The reason I asked was that other than the speaking in tongues/interpretation of tongues, all other gifts of the Spirit were in operation in the OT. In fact, every miracle Jesus performed had already been done in the OT – so there was nothing new. If so, we also know that the HS spoke directly to people in terms of what to say, when to say it, how to say etc. yet we still had casting lots. So your conclusion and mine are similar. Let me add one more thing – there is a fine line between the things of God and the things not of God. The spirit in which we approach any form of casting lots determines when that activity is “magic” or God ordained – at least that is where I am at the moment.

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