Sunday, October 6, 2013

Exodus 18

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 18. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • It seems that this whole time Moses had been dealing with Pharaoh in Egypt, he had sent his wife and two sons to live with his father-in-law, likely to keep them out of danger (and out of Pharaoh's reach).
  • Moses' father-in-law, Jethro, decides that the family had been separated long enough and brings Moses' family to him.
  • When Jethro sees the judicial system that Moses has set up, he wisely advises his son-in-law to set up a system of judges to help delegate some of the responsibility of leading the people.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Moses made a wise decision to keep his family out of harm.  Who knows how Pharaoh may have treated them?  Moses put his family's needs above his own yet stayed true to his calling.
  • Moses' life was become unhealthy by the amount of work and responsibility he was taking on.
  • Moses listened to Jethro and followed his advice, delegating responsibility.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • It can sometimes be difficult to navigate life's decisions.  We need to be obedient to God's leading in our life.  Moses chose a creative way to stay obedient and keep his family safe.  
  • It can be easy to allow life to continue to stack responsibilities on us.  We need to have a healthy perspective on how much we can handle and make sure we are still observing a day of rest (see chapter 16)
  • Even though Moses was clearly in charge, he wasn't too arrogant to listen to his father in law.  By doing so, he lightened his load and set up healthy systems for generations.  We need to be open to advice from both above AND below us.
Here's a helpful video from a great resource called BibleProject that gives an easy-to-understand summary of the first 18 chapters of Exodus: