Exodus chapter 18 Explained the account of Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, visiting Moses in the wilderness after hearing of all the great things God had done for the Israelites through Moses. Jethro observes Moses judging the people all day, and offers him some wise counsel on how to better lead the Israelites.
The story begins with Jethro, the priest of Midian, visiting Moses in the wilderness. Jethro has heard about all the great things that God has done for the Israelites through Moses and has come to visit Moses and see for himself. When Jethro arrives, Moses tells him all about the events that have transpired since the Israelites left Egypt. Moses recounts how God had parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross, and how he had led them in the wilderness, providing for all of their needs. Jethro is amazed by all of this and praises God for His goodness to the Israelites.
The next day, Jethro observes Moses sitting as judge over the people, and he is troubled by what he sees. Moses is listening to disputes and rendering decisions all day long, and Jethro realizes that this is not a sustainable way for Moses to lead the Israelites. He tells Moses that this is not good, and that Moses will wear himself out, and the people as well. He suggests that Moses should select capable men from among the Israelites, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate dishonest gain, and to appoint them as leaders over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. and let them judge the people at all times.
Moses takes Jethro’s advice and chooses capable men from among the Israelites to serve as judges. He establishes a system of justice and governance that is more efficient and less burdensome for Moses and the people. Jethro then offers a sacrifice to God and celebrates with Moses and the Israelites.
The account in Exodus 18 provides several important lessons for the Church today. One of the main lessons is the importance of delegation and the proper use of authority. Jethro recognizes that Moses cannot do everything by himself, and he advises Moses to select capable men to help him lead the Israelites. This not only allows Moses to conserve his energy, but also empowers the people to take on leadership roles and use their gifts and talents to serve the community.
Another lesson is the importance of fairness and impartiality in leadership. Jethro advises Moses to choose leaders who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate dishonest gain. This is an important reminder that leaders in the Church should be guided by integrity and fairness, rather than by personal gain or ambition.
Additionally, the passage can help us understand the importance of having a system of justice and governance that is just and efficient. Moses was able to manage the Israelites by delegating duties and establishing a system of justice, which helped them to be less burdensome for Moses and the people.
In conclusion, Exodus 18 teaches us the importance of delegation, fairness and impartiality and efficient system of governance in leadership, these are key lessons that the church today could also apply to its leadership and governance structure. Through the story of Jethro, Moses and the Israelites, we can learn the importance of working together and sharing the load, so that we can all benefit and thrive as a community.