Exodus 18 : Moses’ Father-in-Law Gives Advice

February 5, 2024 ·

Summary:
Moses had sent his wife to Jethro, his father-in-law. So Jethro comes to greet Moses in the desert, and congratulates him and his God for being rescued from the Egyptians. He see that Moses is the judge of all the people, and he gives advice that Moses should delegate this responsibility to trustworthy people, to reduce his workload. Moses does this. 

Key verse:
18. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.  

My thoughts:
It’s good to know the Bible cares about burnout. Here a useful idea of delegation is suggested by Jethro. 

Jethro was not a Jew, and was relatively pagan, despite his admission that Moses’ God was the greatest god. However, his wisdom here is still invaluable. 

My Thoughts:
This illustrates the importance of seeking counsel and sharing responsibilities, emphasizing the value of community and teamwork in managing challenges effectively. Jethro’s counsel leads to a more organized and efficient structure within the Israelite community, highlighting the significance of humility and openness to advice in leadership roles.

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