Read Exodus 18:1 thru 27. This was to have been part of the reading for Day 27, but there was just too much! This chapter begins with Jethro learning of all the events that took place in Exodus chapters 7 thru 12, beginning with the 10 plagues on Egypt, the Passover, and the Exodus. Learning that Moses had led his people out, Jethro, along with Moses’ wife and 2 sons went to them. As they approached, Moses went out to greet his family and father-in-law. What happens next is exciting! Beginning with verse 8, Moses tells his father-in-law, Jethro, who is ‘the priest of Midian’, by the way, everything else that had happened since… the Parting of the Red Sea, the destruction of Pharaoh’s army, the sweetening of the waters of Marah, the quail and the daily manna, the water from the Rock at Horeb, and the total defeat of the Amalekites, the things of chapters 13 thru 17.
With the very next verse, 9, we then read that Jethro was thrilled to hear of the testimony of the Lord’s work on behalf of Moses and Israel. Now, remember, Jethro is a religious leader of a false pagan religion! From verse 10, we read of his conversion unto Yahweh worship! By the end of verse 12, he is a brand new convert unto the Lord! This was how people were to enter God’s Kingdom in that day. He would so bless faithful and obedient Israel, that people would come to Israel to believe upon the Lord and He would save them… they would then be received into His Kingdom upon their passing away!
Then, with verse 13, to the end, we read that Jethro immediately, with wisdom and maturity, entered into service unto the Lord and His people, by counseling Moses concerning the establishing of a court system for the administering of justice among the people of God. So, what do we have here?
God did something wonderful for someone, perhaps a person like you. Word gets out about the wonderful change that has taken place. As family and loved ones come around, there is conversation concerning what the Lord has done in and for the life of His own, and then further testimony as to what God is presently doing in that life. As a result, the hearer of these good things also comes to faith and gives evidence of believing, by joining into the worship of the Lord, and turning from their previous religious beliefs and practices. Their story then advances, to where we see that they then enter into a place of service unto God, too. Then, note the last verse, 27, Jethro goes back home. Question. Do you think Jethro resumed his role as a priest of a false pagan religion? I would be quite certain that he returned home and told others in Midian that he was now a believer in Yahweh, the One, True and Living God of Israel! Apply Proverbs 3:5+6, and begin to speak of God in all your ways, and see if the Lord won’t make straight, and direct your paths… unto the hungry and prepared hearts of others that, they, too, might come to faith in the Lord! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell