Exodus 18 Commentary
The highlight comes when Jethro (Moses’ father in law) advises Moses to delegate authority. In essence the Chapter is introducing us to an administrative structure that Moses sets up.
The origin of this structure is interesting. The LORD has been talking to Moses all this time. Moses is suffering but the LORD keeps quite. Only through Jethro does the LORD speak. By this chapter we learn that the message may come from the LORD via other means other than the known channels.
Moses takes the word and an administrative structure is born. Here Moses learns from his father in-law. His father in-law was a priest of Midian. Is there something about this background which resurfaces in Moses later in his life? We know his years as a prince in Egypt prepared him for leadership. As a prince he must have learnt about the history of the nation of Egypt. The days at the palace planted a desire in him to record the history of God’s people later in life. Indeed the LORD is perfection itself! Even now we can look at his life in a priest’s home as a story with its own influence.
How the LORD works through circumstances of one’s life is a complete mystery. It’s only when the Master artist is completed do we begin to see the beauty and intricacy of design. And in this case, it is always perfect.
It is interesting when we look at the things the LORD exposes us to. They are all important, both in the now and in the future.
Many times the LORD is speaking to us through other means. These means may not always be from the pulpit. Delegation is an important topic in any management class but in truth the LORD is teaching it here. As we have seen, while teaching management isn’t the purpose of the Bible, I always find these jewels interesting and full of inspired value for my day-to-day living.
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