Jethro Visits Moses

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Moses had left his family with his father-in-law Jethro, who was the priest of Midian, when he returned to Egypt. Now they all joined Moses in the wilderness (vv. 1-5). Jethro apparently had followed the happenings of his son-in-law, with great interest and when the Israelites camped at Rephidim, near Mt. Sinai he determined to see him. Jethro sent word to Moses that he was coming with his wife Zipporah and two sons Gershom and Eliezer (v. 6).

Moses was glad to be reunited with his wife and children and to see his father-in-law. This meeting was marked with a gesture of respect (bowed down) and gratitude (kissed) as they greeted each other (v. 7). Even though Jethro had probably already heard of God’s wonders performed in Egypt, Moses rehearsed some of these exciting events (v. 8). Delighted with this wonderful news, Jethro responded, “Blessed be the Lord, who hath delivered you out of the hand of Egyptians” (vv. 9-11).  Jethro gave a bunt offering to God while Aaron with all the elders of Israel came (v. 12).

The scene is one of jubilant praise and fellowship, but Jethro’s true spiritual condition is not explicitly stated. He returned to Midian either as a convert to the true God or perhaps continuing as a priest for the idolatrous Midianites. Regardless, it is Jethro’s acknowledgment of the God of Moses.

Application

I am thankful that when I acknowledged Christ as my Lord He saved me and forgave me of all my sins. He now wants me to help others do the same.

Exodus 18:1-12 (English Standard Version)


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