Exodus Chapter 18

Exodus 18

1When 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;

2Then Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back,

3And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:

4And 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:

5And 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:

6And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.

7And 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.

8And 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.

9And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.

10And 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.

11Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.

12And 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.

13And 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.

14And 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?

15And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:

16When 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.

17And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

18Thou 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.

19Hearken 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:

20And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.

21Moreover 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:

22And 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.

23If 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.

24So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.

25And 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.

26And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

27And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.

20 thoughts on “Exodus Chapter 18

  1. Ex 3:1 leads me to believe that the Midian is not far from Sinai, so it only sounds right that Jethro would come meet Moses with his family in toe. Jethro happens to be a priest, and had allowed Moses to watch over his flock, therefore he has credible insight, and valuable advice to learn from Ex 18-22. Imagine listing to a tribe as big as 600k+’s problems and disputes, I can feel the weight pilling up on Moses, and now his family has shown up on top of it. Vs 24 Shows us that Moses listened to Jethro’s and did as he said, this will open a door to Judges which is a good thing.

    Biting off more than we can chew happens, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t take good advice and apply it to our lives. In fact those that love us the most are the ones who will correct us, rebuke us, and give us better advice. The wisest of people are the ones who don’t get offened by it, and heed to wisdoms call Pr 4:1-2; 8:1-2; 10:18; 12:1 etc. Oh, and make sure your not listening to folly from a falsie, or you could wind up in trouble, hence they really don’t love you. But Jesus does and he will always lead you along the right path.

  2. 17And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

    18Thou 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.

    19Hearken 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:

    We are never in a position to high that we can not receive good counsel. Jethro was concerned for Moses and warned him against over extending himself. This is wise counsel from the Word of God. We need each other, our leadership needs us to bear some of the burden. As leaders and servants of God we can become weary. That’s why we need a Jethro to say, “Stop, this is not good. Take some rest.”

  3. In the book of Acts a problem arose in the church. The widows were being neglected in their daily ministration. Bringing this to the church leadership a decision was made.

    Appoint men, full of the Holy Ghost, good, an full of integrity to oversee the small matters so that the Ministers could be given more to prayer and study.

    One of these table waiters was Stephen, the first martyr of the Church.

    The people could have looked at Moses when the idea was brought up to help carry the load and say, he just wants to tell us what to do, he is neglecting his responsibilities.

    However, much like in Acts the Stephens of that day rose up and Moses could grow.

    This wasn’t to let Moses slack, but rather to let him grow. In helping our Pastor and leaders in the church carry the responsibilities of ministry, we not only remove burden, but also allow that leader to grow, expand, and add to the ministry.

    With one doing the majority of the responsibilities only a little can be done.

    The Bible says one can put 1,000 to flight and two can put 10,000.

    Be a Stephen
    Be church
    The lighter to burden to higher the flight.

  4. The Qualifications of a Leader:

    . Clear headed–accountability
    . Fear God——-reverence

    v21 NIV But select capable men from all the people–men who fear God…

  5. Moses went back to his father in law because he was still under authority. A true leader will always be under authority no matter what the situation. Respect for the authority in your life will bless you. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.

  6. v 1 When Jeth-ro, the priest of Mid-I-an, 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;

    When the people hear of the Great Things GOD
    Is doing through our leadership and for the people the POFW….. They also will come and
    Rejoice with us. They will Bless The Lord for all
    His Goodness As they honor The Lord
    Our Great GOD will do great things for them too.

    Honor The Lord by….
    Honoring and supporting our great leadership
    HE has Blessed us with.

  7. Sometimes we try to do it all by ourselves and suffer burn out.Many Pastors have failed because of this.Even at work my boss tells me “to Delegate”,He see me trying to do it all myself. I have found it hard to trust others to do it right but I guess we all learn by our own mistakes. Jethro gave Moses advice and He honored and listened to him.

  8. This chapter shows no matter how long you have been in church you have something to offer. It was a new convert, Moses father in law who directed him in leading the people.

  9. This chapter illustrates voices. “So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.” We all listen to someone’s voice; age brings wisdom from years of life, whereas youth has yet to experience much. A wise person will listen to the voice that is full of Godly wisdom whereas an unwise person will listen to a worldly voice. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  10. Moses needed some help in the house!

    14And 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?

  11. 22And 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.

    23If 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.

  12. 24So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.

    There’s nothing wrong with listening to a elder advise. Oh, the things we as the younger generation can learn from those that have walked in our shoes before.

  13. We see in this chapter the choosing of leaders to assist Moses in leading the Israelites. What a great way to assist the man of God, appointing able men to oversee groups of people so that Moses did not have to bear the burdern of everyone.

  14. NEXT LEVEL LEADERSHIP

    17And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
    18Thou 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.

    Moses was burdened with the responsibility of making all the decisions concerning Israel. Unlike holding up his hands in the time of battle; now needing the mental capacity to make decisions for the welfare of all of Israel, Moses finds himself in desperate need of assistance and again his SUBMISSION pays off.

    EVERY GREAT PASTORS GOAL

    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.

    The qualifications for this level of Leadership is obviously greater than that of those that were to assist in the battle. Spiritual not Carnal men qualify for this level of Leadership. LORD help us to examine ourselves as to what measure of Leadership we are LIVING at now and help every Pastor to train and select men to fulfill this necessary call for NEXT LEVEL LEADERSHIP.

  15. It’s amazing the names of Moses’ sons were like a prophecy of what God would do for Israel. Our testimony is not meant to stay locked up, others can receive victory when we share what God has done for us. Even when Moses was “running” off away from where it seemed he should be to be used by God, echoes of his destiny still marked his life. God is faithful concerning His promises and us, even in our humanity and weakness we can see Him reaching and calling.

  16. Our testamony can have an impact on others. We should not be slow to tell others what God has done. They may praise the Lord with us and believe that he is God.

  17. Moses was spending so much time and energy hearing the Hebrews’ complaints that he could not get to the other important work. Jethro suggested that Moses delegate most of this work to others and focus his efforts on jobs only he could do. People in positions of responsibility sometimes feel they are the only ones who can do necessary tasks; but others are capable of handling part of the load. Delegation relieved Moses’ stress and improved the quality of the government. It helped prepare them for the system of government set up in Canaan. Proper delegation can multiply your effectiveness while giving others a chance to grow.

  18. We could all learn a lesson from Moses father in law. After hearing of the deliverance of Israel he wasn’t relieved he rejoiced! After hearing pastor teach on how rejoicing means to give joy to others I realized that when God delivers you or spares you from something don’t jut be relieved… Rejoice! Tell someone about it.

  19. 19Hearken 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:

    It’s important to listen to our elders, they can help lead you where God wants you to be.

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