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Saturday, June 23, 2012

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Family reunions are often sweet experiences when you have been separated for a length of time. Moses had sent Zipporah and their sons back to her father for safety during his confrontations with Pharaoh in Egypt and now Jethro had brought them to the Mountain of God at Horeb. Jethro’s response in hearing from Moses God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt showed that he was truly a righteous man as he reaffirms, “now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods.” As a godly priest of Midian, Jethro offers Moses some advice as he watches a day in the life of God’s chosen leader. Everyone came to Moses with complaint and problem to resolve “from the morning until the evening.” Why not delegate his burdens by assigning leadership positions to those over a thousand, those over hundreds, and those over the family unit or tens. These rulers were not merely judges, but heads over their companies in times of peace and war. Their positions were both civil and military. Under God’s approval, Moses would be able to endure and serve his people more effectively and energetically with this system.

Here is a great lesson for the church and for leadership. Effective organization cannot be accomplished by one person, as the church grows there must be godly leaders appointed who will bear each other’s burdens and render effective decisions under God’s holy guidance. Courageous servant leaders share their duties with others and work in harmony to bring about the ultimate goal of entering the Promised Land with as many of the people they have been entrusted to guide.


Michael Hasel

Southern Adventist University