Outside Leadership? – Exodus 18:1-27
At an opportune time in the days of Israel’s wilderness journey God shows us that we are never too old to learn. We must be humble and godly enough to receive instruction outside of our educational boxes, denominational boxes, etc.. Jethro; the father-in-law of Moses; comes to him with Moses’ wife [Zipporah] and their sons, Gershom and Eliezer. Though we are not told specifically why Zipporah left she is not mentioned from the last time (having to do with circumcision; 4:24-26) until here.
I. JETHRO COMES TO SEE MOSES’ ACHIEVEMENTS AND BRINGS HIS WIFE AND SONS WITH HIM (vv. 1-6).
II. MOSES, AARON AND THE ELDERS OF ISRAEL WORSHIPED GOD AND FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER (vv. 7-12).
III. JETHRO QUESTIONS MOSES CONCERNING HIS WORK AS A JUDGE AND ITS AFFECTIVENESS (vv. 13-16).
IV. MOSES LEARNS FROM HIS FATHER-IN-LAW A BETTER WAY OF JUDGMENT AND LEADERSHIP (vv. 17-26).
V. IT WOULD BE PERTINENT TO NOTE THAT MOSES’ FAMILY REMAINS WITH MOSES (v. 27).
Study Questions –
1. Jethro was a ‘priest of Midian’ and came to Moses, because he had heard of all the good God had done for Moses and Israel. True False (v. 1).
2. Though it is not known for sure why Zipporah had returned to her father, there are at least two possible explanations – (vv. 2-6)
A. She was too weak for the journey. B. She became angry by the circumcision of her son and returned.
C. Moses sent her on ahead following the victory with Egypt. D. Both B and C.
3. Jethro was a priest of ___________ in Midian. (vv. 7-16).
4. Would it have been the right thing for Moses to worship God along side Jethro; seeing that Jethro was an outsider and a “priest of Midian”? (vv. 7-12)
5. At the time of Jethro’s arrival, it appears that Moses was the one who “judged” all of Israel. True False (vv. 13-14).
6. The ____________ men were to meet certain qualifications to be ____________ of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens of people. (v. 21)
7. How can we say that Zipporah and sons stayed with Moses? Can we? Why? Why not?
-Tim A. Blankenship
1. True; 2. D; 3. God; 4. Open for discussion; 5. True; 6. godly, rulers/judges; 7. Open for discussion – We are only told that the “father-in-law departed”