Thanks to Covid-19, this is a very different time for most of us. Most of us are weary of being at home, and even for those of us who like to be at home, the worry of going out in public and getting necessities is a bit exhausting. There are many different challenges we face during this pandemic, one very big change that many of us are experiencing is children learning from home not school. I was so blessed this morning to visit with my 10 year old granddaughter who has set up a home school for her younger brothers and sister. Every school day she teaches them in her little school room. She creates them lessons for reading, writing, mathematics, science, and they even have physical education. I am so very proud of all of them.
I suggested that she could also use her teaching time to do Bible stories and memorize Bible verses. I decided to post some Children’s Bible Stories for her and others to share. Today I chose a story about Jethro, Moses father-in-law.
Jethro Offers a Plan for Moses
Most of you know the story of how Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt. While in Egypt the Pharoah had become very oppressive to the people. They spent long hours and in harsh conditions working for the Egyptians. God’s people had cried out to Him to save them from this terrible place and get them out of slavery. So God had sent Moses to lead them out of Egypt. It wasn’t an easy task. Old Pharoah did not want to let the people go, but finally, with a little persuasion, he did.
God had parted the waters of the Red Sea and the people had crossed over into a vast wilderness on their way to the promised land God had planned for them. With so many people there were always problems. People often got into arguments about all kinds of things. Moses was the man in charge. He had to take care of all these complaining people and keep peace among the Israelites.
Now Moses wife, Zipporah and his two sons, Gershom and Elizer were still living in Midian with Ziphorah’s family. Moses father-in-law had heard that Moses had led the people into the wilderness so he decided it was time for Ziporah and the boys to join Moses. When they arrived, Moses was so excited to see them. They shared stories and enjoyed some wonderful fellowship. Moses shared of the difficulties they had encountered and how God had parted the waters and brought them safely across.
The next day was a usual long hard day for Moses. People lined up to ask Moses questions and have him settle their disputes. Jethro watched all that was happening. That night he told Moses, “You can’t keep doing this. You will become sick trying to solve everyone’s problems.” Moses replied, “But I have to help these people.”
Then Jethro said to Moses, “Now listen and I will tell you what God has said. First, you need to pick some of the most faithful men that are honest and not greedy. Put some of them in charge of thousands of people. Then divide each group of thousands into hundreds and put leaders over the groups of one hundred people. Divide the hundreds into groups of fifty and put leaders over each group of fifty people. Divide each group of fifty into tens and put leaders over each group of ten people. The leaders can take care of their group. If there are questions the leaders can come to you if they do not know what to do. That way you do not have to take care of everyone’s problems.”
What a great plan! Not only did God send Jethro to bring Moses his family, he also gave Jethro a perfect plan to help Moses care for all of those people. It was now time for Jethro to go home. His daughter, Ziporah, his grandchildren and Moses all waved good bye. They were sad to see him go, but they were so thankful he had come to share God’s plan. Now life would be so much easier for Moses.
When the leaders of our country set up our government they followed the plan God gave Jethro. We have leaders that take care of our towns, leaders to take care of our counties, leaders that take care of our states and leaders to take care of our country. They also used God’s law, the ten commandments as the moral law of our country. We can be so thankful for the story of Jethro. Our forefathers had so much wisdom to choose God’s plan and His law to govern our country.