We ended last week with a look in Exodus 17 where we learned water can randomly spout from a rock. Exodus 18 brings a visitor, Jethro, to Moses. The chapter begins with Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, coming to Moses and speaking with him. Moses shares with Jethro all that has happened to the Israelites at the hands of the Egyptians.
“Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians.” – Exodus 18:9
Not the hand of the Egyptians. God hardened the hearts of the Egyptians. The Lord rescued Israel from the hands of God. That’s the truth.
“Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.” – Exodus 18:11
First, the Lord is greater than all other gods for He hardened the hearts of the Egyptians and then killed them as a result? That’s greatness? Second, there are other gods? Really? If there are, God must have created them for the Bible tells us God is the creator of all. So if people are worshipping other gods, the fault lies with God Himself because He is the one who created these other gods!
“Moses answered him, ‘Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.’” – Exodus 18:15-16
Did not one Israelite stop and think for a moment that Moses was filling them with bullshit? God has made no appearance to any of the Israelites aside from Moses. If someone tried to pull off today what Moses did in biblical times, he/she’d be thrown in the nut house!
“But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.” – Exodus 18:21
In other words, select those men who are incapable of thinking. A true thinker does not fear God, so they are very dangerous. Select those who accept what you say without any questions. It’s the same attitude pushed by pastors to their flocks today!
“Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves.” – Exodus 18:22
This is very convenient as it prevents a group of people getting together decided something of importance with Moses to intercede. The message here is God talks to me, therefore listen to me. If you don’t listen to me, you aren’t listening to God and He will punish you. Fear the Lord. It’s a disgusting message that’s ruined the lives of many throughout time. When this is taught to children it is a form of child abuse.
“He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.” – Exodus 18:25
From the prior verses, Moses did not chose capable men. He chose men who would listen to him and not question. He chose weak minded individuals incapable of a free thought.
To conclude, Exodus 18 brought us Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro. Jethro’s message to Moses is to select individuals who fear God and would never question Moses to help him out. By doing so, Moses has more power and doesn’t have to worry about others questioning his decisions. This is the message the Bible sends us. Listen and follow, but NEVER question.
Coming Soon: Exodus – Chapter 19: At Mount Sinai