10. a. Challenge—We know Moses left Midian and returned to Egypt with his wife and children. Scripture does not mention why or when he sent them back.
Things we do know:
- Moses and Zipporah had controversy about the circumcision of their son, so perhaps she asked to return to Midian before they reached Egypt. The angel trying to kill Moses during the night may have been too much for her. It certainly was a traumatic experience for all of them.
- Moses went to God with every question and concern that arose. God gave him many specific instructions. Perhaps God told Moses to send her back. This could have occurred following Moses’ first meeting with Pharaoh.
- When Pharaoh increased the oppression on the Israelites and the leaders turned on him, Moses was distraught. He realized this would be a difficult and lengthy process. By sending his family to Midian, they would be spared the hardship. It also allowed Moses and Aaron to focus their attention on the God-given task.
“The Scripture doesn’t record why Moses sent Zipporah and his two sons back to his father-in-law. There was much contention between Zipporah and Moses over the circumcision of Gershom (Exodus 4:20 and 24-26), but those verses don’t say Moses sent them back to his father-in-law. It’s possible that Moses knew the danger he was in when he confronted Pharaoh and he simply sent them back home as a precaution. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
b. Times it might be right to send your family away. (It could just as easily be a mother sending her family to safety, not just a husband and father as the question suggests. Heidi Baker comes to mind.)
- War breaks out.
- Parent or child becomes ill.
- Parent’s extended family member in another place need help.
- Natural disaster occurs.
- Ebola or other epidemic occurs.
- God instructs you to do so before one of the above. That would be ideal. We should be so in tune.
- Your spouse does not want to be there.
11. a. When Jethro heard all the Lord had done, —
- He praised God for rescuing the Israelites from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh.
- He said, “Now I know with all my heart that the Eternal is greater than all gods because of the way He delivered His people when Egyptians in their arrogance abused them.” Exodus 18:11
- He “took a burnt offering and sacrifices and presented them to God.” Exodus 18:12
b. I remind my son of the miracle that saved his life when he was two years old. From my perspective, he appears unmoved. He has lost his first love, seduced by this humanistic, politically correct world.
Thankfully, God hears my prayers. The Good Shepherd does not neglect to pursue the lost sheep.
If I am still around, I will indeed rejoice and celebrate!
12. a. Jethro was concerned about Moses’ workload because—
- he observed all the people waiting for Moses to hear their case from sunrise to sunset. Day after day.
- this schedule could not be maintained indefinitely.
- he would burn out.
- the people would burn out, too.
- he needed help.
b. Jethro advised Moses to—
- “Represent the people before God, and carry their concerns to Him. Exodus 18:19b
- “Teach them God’s requirements and pass on His laws. Show them the right way to live and the kind of work they should be doing.” Exodus 18:20
- Choose leaders to whom you can delegate responsibility. Exodus 18:21
c. Jethro told Moses to choose men with the following characteristics:
- fear the Lord
- love truth
- despise dishonesty
- won’t take a bribe
- men of integrity
- righteous leaders
- ready to judge the people when necessary
d. Moses asked the people themselves to “Choose some wise, perceptive, knowledgeable men from your tribes, and I’ll put them in authority over you.” Deuteronomy 1:13
e. Based on Jethro’s advice…
Others tell me I need to rest more and not work so hard. My 83-year-old dad often says so, but only when I’m doing things for someone other than him.
Then he recommends I get a paying job. Ah, dementia.
I’m the delegatee not the deletor. For many women, isn’t that normal?
I love that Jethro didn’t stop with, You need to stop doing that. He actually offered a great plan.
Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us.
I pray that God will—
- Give me wisdom.
- Help me say no when I should.
- Help me focus so that I will be me more efficient in less time.
- Give me the strength, energy, and inspired ideas necessary to complete the tasks He has called me to do.
How did you answer the last question? I found it difficult to apply Jethro’s advice to my life.
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