March 9, 2018
In this chapter, Jethro (Moses' father-in-law) brings Moses' wife and sons to him and Jethro provides some much-needed counsel to Moses.
Jethro told Moses that the burden of judging ALL the people is too great for one man and eventually you (Moses) will wear thin. So Moses heeds this counsel and selects "able, God-fearing" men to handle some of the lesser matters. However, Moses was still the one to bring to the people the law of God and the handle some of the more difficult cases of the people.
What I appreciate about Moses is that he was willing to be a judge to all the people and take on this heavy burden. Moses may have thought that he was just trying to do what God wanted him to do. But, even with the best intentions and a willing heart, the "work" of God can be wearisome. We all want to do everything we can for God, I know I do. Simply because God is worth all my efforts.
... I'm sure that Jethro's advice, helped Moses stay the course. I'm sure it helped him endure their time in the wilderness. I'm sure that it gave Moses the strength (emotionally and mentally) to receive the commandments of God at Mount Sinai.
Though you may have a burning desire to work day and night for the Lord (which is great), remember that Lord will provide you the help WE ALL NEED from time to time. So don't be afraid to take it because there are "able, God-fearing" brothers and sisters by your side.
Jethro brings Moses his wife and two sons
1 When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt;
2 Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,
3 And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:
4 And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:
5 And Jethro, Moses' father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:
6 And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.
Moses entertains him
7 And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent.
8 And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them.
9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.
10 And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.
11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.
12 And Jethro, Moses' father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses' father in law before God.
Moses judges the people
13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.
14 And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?
15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:
16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
17 And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.
23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.
24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.
25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.
27 And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.
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Born and raised in The Master's House has greatly deepened my relationship with Jesus and I can't be any more grateful for how the Lord has blessed me and kept me! Through some very difficult trials in my life, I have found the Lord to be there which is why 2 Corinthians 12:10 is one of my favorite scriptures.
Thank you! This lesson was taught to me just this week by our precious Sis. Christie. A little help went a very long way!