Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Exodus Bible Study Notes- Chapter 18

Exodus 18


-Jethro heard all God had done for Israel and came to Moses at the mount of God in the wilderness where Israel camped. Moses went out to his father-in-law in sweet reunion bowing before him and kissing him. They inquired of each other’s welfare and Moses told him of all God’s deliverance from Pharaoh and Egypt. Jethro acknowledged God as the greatest (the most supreme) because He delivered the people (Israel) when Egypt dealt proudly against them. *Application* This is a key phrase that gives us insight as to why the Lord’s wrath came against this nation in such a profound way. God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5). This is a word of wisdom for our own lives as well as our nation.

-They made burnt offerings and sacrifices unto the LORD, and Aaron along with the elders ate a meal with them.

-Jethro saw all the business and all that Moses was doing for the people asking why he sat alone as judge from morning to evening every day. The reason was that the people needed to inquire of God for judgments and disputes of God and His laws.

-Jethro knew that Moses would not last long under this heavy burden and would not be able to endure. He advised him to select out men who: 1) feared God, 2) were of truth, 3) hated dishonest gain (bribes). These would be placed as leaders over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Moses would handle the major disputes and the others would take care of minor matters after being taught the statutes and laws. *Application* This was done under the principles of endurance, long-term vision, delegation, and multiplying ministry (2 Timothy 2:2). The old saying is true, “I’d rather get ten men to do the work than do the work of ten men.” God has crafted us for specific tasks and He wants us to relinquish authority for the betterment of progress and growth in anything we endeavor to do (1 Corinthians 12). God is the designer.

-Moses listened and did all his father-in-law said to do. He received wise counsel humbly and was able to lead for the entire 40 years in the wilderness because of this delegation practice. Moses did not burn out. He was the most humble man in the world (Numbers 12:3).


Verse to Memorize: Exodus 18:24

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