Exodus 18

Posted on June 5, 2020No Comment
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.

After Moses had sent away
his wife Zipporah, his father
-in-law Jethro received her
and her two sons. One son
was named Gershom, for Moses
said, “I have become a
foreigner in a foreign land”;
and the other was named Eliezer,
for he said, “My father’s
God was my helper; he saved
me from the sword of Pharaoh.”

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. Jethro had sent
word to him, “I, your
father-in-law Jethro, am
coming to you with your
wife and her two sons.”

So Moses went out to meet
his father-in-law and bowed
down and kissed him.
They greeted each other
and then went into the tent.
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.

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. 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.
Now I know that the Lord
is greater than all other gods,
for he did this to those
who had treated Israel arrogantly.”
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.

The next day Moses
took his seat to serve
as judge for the people,
and they stood around him
from morning till evening.
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?”

Moses answered him,
“Because the people
come to me to seek God’s will.
Whenever they have a dispute,
it is brought to me,
and I decide between
the parties and inform
them of God’s decrees and

Moses’ father-in-law replied,
“What you are doing is not good.
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. 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.
Teach them his decrees
and instructions, and show
them the way they are to live
and how they are to behave.
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.
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. If you do
this and God so commands,
you will be able to stand the
strain, and all these people
will go home satisfied.”

Moses listened to his
father-in-law and did
everything he said. He
chose capable men from
all Israel and made them
leaders of the people,
officials over thousands,
hundreds, fifties and tens.
They served as judges for
the people at all times.
The difficult cases they
brought to Moses, but the
simple ones they decided themselves.

Then Moses sent his
father-in-law on his way,
and Jethro returned to his own country.

Exodus 18:1‭-‬27 NIV

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