Jethro Visits Moses
Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt.
2 After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her 3 and her two sons. One son was named Gershom,[a] for Moses said, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land”; 4 and the other was named Eliezer,[b] for he said, “My father’s God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.”
5 Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, together with Moses’ sons and wife, came to him in the wilderness, where he was camped near the mountain of God.6 Jethro had sent word to him, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.”
7 So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissedhim. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. 8 Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them.
9 Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. 10 He said, “Praise be to the Lord, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians.11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.” 12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.
13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”
15 Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will.16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.”
17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. 21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”
24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 26 They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.
27 Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country.
There were 4 points that stood out to me this morning as Nick spoke with us.
2) Be Teachable
3) Chain of Command
4) Community is Important
Jerhro, Moses father-in-law, brings Moses wife and two sons to him rejoicing in the happiness of Israel. When they meet, Moses bows down and humbles himself to Jethro… yes respect for your in-laws! God sent Jethro at just the right time and Moses knew that. Moses told him all that God did while in Egypt and in the desert. He could’ve been puffing himself up but no he gives God all the glory. The Lord rescued Israel them from all their troubles not him.
As Jethro spends time alone beside Moses and he sees how much responsibility is on the shoulders of Moses. There was just too many people and not enough hours in the day to solve all of their questions, problems and disputes. Jethro tells Moses to pray and bring his difficulties to God. For this delegation to happen Moses would have to teach the word of God and give authority to others. Delegate.
Life gets a lot easier when we allow others to help us. But we have to choose a group of people that are willing to be honorable and responsible. Moses would have oversight and leadership over this group of men. There will be structure and organization in this chain of command.
It’s also important that we realize a sense of community and that we need others to help us as that community grows. It all can’t be on the pastor or just one person in charge of a certain area. The importance of responsible leaders, godly leaders that can always answer questions, address problems leaving the biggest ones for God, the pastor, the president, the CEO etc.
God sends people to us during specific seasons… to give us advice, correction and instruction. It’s important to be teachable and be willing to accept the help that God sends with discernment. Someone from the outside to look in and reflect on everything that’s happening. Godly advice. We all get overloaded because it’s hard to say no when you love what you’re doing. But the next thing you know you’re double booked. In those type of situations reflect on what is at hand and delegate if you can. Nick said this morning “what little distractions in your life can you delegate?” I’m sure we all have some. 🙃
Stay plugged in and keep your focus as God sends people to you to give you advice, correction and lessons.