Exodus Chapter 18
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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.
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?
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.
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Matthew Henry's Exodus Chapter 18 Bible commentary...
Jethro brings to Moses his wife and two sons. (1-6) Moses entertains Jethro. (7-12) Jethro's counsel to Moses. (13-27)1-6 Jethro came to rejoice with Moses in the happiness of Israel, and to bring his wife and children to him. Moses must have his family with him, that while he ruled the church of God, he might set a good example in family government, #1Ti 3:5|.
7-12 Conversation concerning God's wondrous works is good, and edifies. Jethro not only rejoiced in the honour done to his son-in-law, but in all the goodness done to Israel. Standers-by were more affected with the favours God had showed to Israel, than many were who received them. Jethro gave the glory to Israel's God. Whatever we have the joy of, God must have the praise. They joined in a sacrifice of thanksgiving. Mutual friendship is sanctified by joint worship. It is very good for relations and friends to join in the spiritual sacrifice of prayer and praise, as those that meet in Christ. This was a temperate feast; they did eat bread, manna. Jethro must see and taste that bread from heaven, and though a gentile, is welcome: the gentiles are welcomed to Christ the Bread of life.
13-27 Here is the great zeal and the toil of Moses as a magistrate. Having been employed to redeem Israel out of the house of bondage, he is a further type of Christ, that he is employed as a lawgiver and a judge among them. If the people were as quarrelsome one with another as they were with God, no doubt Moses had many causes brought before him. This business Moses was called to; it appears that he did it with great care and kindness. The meanest Israelite was welcome to bring his cause before him. Moses kept to his business from morning to night. Jethro thought it was too much for him to undertake alone; also it would make the administration of justice tiresome to the people. There may be over-doing even in well-doing. Wisdom is profitable to direct, that we may neither content ourselves with less than our duty, nor task ourselves beyond our strength. Jethro advised Moses to a better plan. Great men should not only study to be useful themselves, but contrive to make others useful. Care must be taken in the choice of the persons admitted into such a trust. They should be men of good sense, that understood business, and that would not be daunted by frowns or clamours, but abhorred the thought of a bribe. Men of piety and religion; such as fear God, who dare not to do a base thing, though they could do it secretly and securely. The fear of God will best fortify a man against temptations to injustice. Moses did not despise this advice. Those are not wise, who think themselves too wise to be counselled.
Louisjeffery's Exodus Chapter 18 comment about verse 15 on 6/30/2013, 8:23am...
they knew they could trust moses instruction
Clint's Exodus Chapter 18 comment on 4/23/2013, 3:03am...
jj, there is no pope in the new testament ! if you are referring to peter and when he proclaims that Jesus is The Son of God, that has been a lie used by the catholics but they are wrong ! when Jesus said that upon this rock He would build the church ! Jesus was talking about the fact that peter had just proclaimed THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST THE SON OF GOD ! Not peter is the pope ! peter was married too, but you dont hear catholics say anything about it !
JJ's Exodus Chapter 18 comment on 3/07/2013, 4:40pm...
Looks here in Exodus 18 that Moses had 3 things:
1. Written word of God 10 Commandments;
2. Oral word of God;
3. The Torah And teaching Authority.
Then in the New Testament we see 3 Things:
1. Written New Testament Traditions;
2. Thessalonians 2:15 Teaching Authority;
3. Pope/Magisterium - Keys of the kingdom.
Tiffany P's Exodus Chapter 18 comment on 2/17/2013, 5:26pm...
This is an awesome revelation that God does not expect us to do everything by ourselves and that we can not only share the glory; but share the work load and pain as well. Truly, this is something that can be applied today in management.
Millie's Exodus Chapter 18 comment on 1/27/2013, 8:19am...
It's a blessing the bible teaches us about setting examples.
Dwight's Exodus Chapter 18 comment on 12/21/2012, 6:15am...
This should help us understand that even though we are many members, all things work to the good of those who love the lord and are called according to his purpose God Bless.
LORNA's Exodus Chapter 18 comment on 9/26/2012, 9:33pm...
I THINK THAT WAS GOOD THAT MOSES TOOK THE ADVICE OF HIS FATHER IN LAW, TO APPOINT RULERS TO HELP WITH THE ISRAELITES.
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