Exodus 18* Jethro brings to Moses his wife and two sons. (1-6) Mosesentertains Jethro. (7-12) Jethro's counsel to Moses. (13-27)1-6 Jethro came to rejoice with Moses in the happiness ofIsrael, and to bring his wife and children to him. Moses musthave his family with him, that while he ruled the church of God,he might set a good example in family government, #1Ti 3:5|. 7-12 Conversation concerning God's wondrous works is good, andedifies. Jethro not only rejoiced in the honour done to hisson-in-law, but in all the goodness done to Israel. Standers-bywere more affected with the favours God had showed to Israel,than many were who received them. Jethro gave the glory toIsrael's God. Whatever we have the joy of, God must have thepraise. They joined in a sacrifice of thanksgiving. Mutualfriendship is sanctified by joint worship. It is very good forrelations and friends to join in the spiritual sacrifice ofprayer and praise, as those that meet in Christ. This was atemperate feast; they did eat bread, manna. Jethro must see andtaste that bread from heaven, and though a gentile, is welcome:the gentiles are welcomed to Christ the Bread of life. 13-27 Here is the great zeal and the toil of Moses as amagistrate. Having been employed to redeem Israel out of thehouse of bondage, he is a further type of Christ, that he isemployed as a lawgiver and a judge among them. If the peoplewere as quarrelsome one with another as they were with God, nodoubt Moses had many causes brought before him. This businessMoses was called to; it appears that he did it with great careand kindness. The meanest Israelite was welcome to bring hiscause before him. Moses kept to his business from morning tonight. Jethro thought it was too much for him to undertakealone; also it would make the administration of justice tiresometo the people. There may be over-doing even in well-doing.Wisdom is profitable to direct, that we may neither contentourselves with less than our duty, nor task ourselves beyond ourstrength. Jethro advised Moses to a better plan. Great menshould not only study to be useful themselves, but contrive tomake others useful. Care must be taken in the choice of thepersons admitted into such a trust. They should be men of goodsense, that understood business, and that would not be dauntedby frowns or clamours, but abhorred the thought of a bribe. Menof piety and religion; such as fear God, who dare not to do abase thing, though they could do it secretly and securely. Thefear of God will best fortify a man against temptations toinjustice. Moses did not despise this advice. Those are notwise, who think themselves too wise to be counselled.
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