Moses and Jethro

18: 1-27

    Before we arrive at Mount Sinai and the culminating scene of the exodus, the author records a story of Jethro’s visit to Moses. His visit contrasts with the Amalekite conflict. The Amalekites came to fight, while Jethro sought knowledge. With one there was war, with the other mediating for peace; with one, Moses’ hands grew tired, and with the other his work grew too heavy. There are three sections to this chapter: the arrival of Jethro (18:1-12), the appointment of judges (18:13-26), and the return of Jethro to Midian (18:27). As we come to the close of this chapter, we, like the Israelites, are prepared to approach God at Mount Sinai.327

 

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