Someone to Turn To

Saturday, January 18
Exodus 18

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A brief, but decisive moment of intervention comes from a tender meeting with Moses’ father-in-law. Likely Moses had sent his wife and children to him during the ravages of the plagues. Now that the Exodus is complete, Jethro brings Moses’ family to him.

While the Midianites were descendants of Abraham through his concubine Keturah, they were considered as foreigners. However, God is at work in faith in Jethro through Moses’ witness. In addition, Jethro’s outside view of God’s work affords him a perspective often missed by those inside. Jethro suggests that Moses delegate leadership according to the numbers indicated in the verse for the day.

Is there someone to whom you can turn who loves you, yet is not so involved in your life that he or she is still able to give you insight into areas that you are missing?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Delivered from Egyptians 18:10
Bread with Jethro and with God 18:12
Seeking the discerning voice
Thank You for all who uplift

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5 thoughts on “Someone to Turn To

  1. The repetition of the word “deliver” caught my attention. It is used 5 times from verses 4 to 11, used in every verse from 8 to 11.

    It is helpful to drop into the original language for the meaning of words. in its Bible Study Tools has an option in the King James Version of offering links to the Strong Concordance which gives the words in Hebrew for the Old Testament, Greek, for the New Testament.

    Here is the link to “deliver”

    You’ll notice very strong language in the meanings such as “to snatch away”, “to be torn away.” It also appears that our word for recovery from addiction would be “natsal,” linking recovery to the paradigm for deliverance which is God’s powerful intervention in the Exodus.


  2. I can relate on a personal level about today’s scripture. This goes back a few months ago, I was feeling “burned out”….taking on all the responsibility of caring for my mother at one point. I remember thinking…”I can’t do all this anymore” I was at the end of my rope, physically and emotionally exhausted. God spoke to me that day. I heard a sermon preached that Sunday on this scripture.  It was then I realized  I needed my brother to take on more responsibility where my mother was concerned. Being overwhelmed and overworked with her care wasn’t 
    helping either of us. Like Moses, I needed to delegate others to do some of the work….I didn’t have to do it all.

    I know it was no coincidence that I heard that message preached that day.
    It was just one of many encounters I experienced over the course of this past year.


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