Jethro, the father in law of Moses, visited him in the desert. Jethro saw how Moses was handling all the disputes of Israelites, as a judge from morning till evening, which was very taxing for Moses and for the people. Exodus.18:14.
Jethro told Moses that the "work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone" Deut.18:18. Jethro suggested delegation of responsibilities to the right people. He gave some advice to Moses about:
1. What to teach the people.
2. Who should be selected and appointed as leaders.
A. WHAT TO TEACH THE PEOPLE? Exodus. 18:20.
- Teach them the decrees and laws.
- Show them the way to live.
- Teach them the duties, they are to perform.
If they are taught these matters properly, many disputes won't even arise.
B. SELECTION OF LEADERS. Exodus.18:21.
- Select capable men.
- Select men who fear God.
- Select men who are trustworthy.
- Select men who hate dishonest gain.
What kind of teaching are we giving to people today?What kind of disputes are there among Christians today?
What are the qualities we are looking for leaders in our churches and in Christian organizations today? Do they posses the qualities given in Exodus.18:21?
The life of Israelites took a complete U turn after they exited from Egypt to the Promised Land. After the thrill of walking through the Red Sea they witnessed a new rain. When they languished for daily food God promised them a New Food.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you" (Ex 16:4).
Rains normally pour water. Have we ever heard anywhere that it rained bread? But in the desert God sent a rain of bread. God told this food was from heaven. It was the food of angels (Ps 78:25). So, it was not the produce of the desert.
The Israelites called this special food as manna. The Bible says that the Israelites ate this manna for forty years until they came to the border of the land of Canaan (Ex 16:35).
And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey (Ex 16:31).
The people who ate this manna had no elevated or low blood pressure. Their cholesterol levels were normal. Sugar levels were perfect; no obesity neither was there any malnourishment. No osteoporosis; no calcium or vitamin deficiency. No clogging of fat in their arteries. No cardiac problems. In short, the people who ate this food were hale and healthy.
He who rained manna from heaven years later taught the people to pray Give us this day our daily bread (Mt 6:11). He taught the disciples to grasp the great truth:
And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. I am the bread of life. (Jn 6:35, 38).
Everyone has an inner vacuum in their life that can only be filled by Jesus, the Bread of Life. No worldly pleasures or enticements of this modern era can satisfy this hunger. Jesus is the Bread who came down from Heaven for each one of us. He said:
"I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." (Jn 6:51).
Jesus gives spiritual bread for the soul. He who eats this food has Eternal life. Do we and all in our household trust Jesus? If we have not invited Jesus, The Living Bread in our Life, today is the best day to open our heart to Him. Determine to seek Him and His word consistently so that all is well with our soul.
God bless us to be channels of blessings.
Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍
Everyday Bible Devotion
The power of Praises
Exodus 17:11- As Moses lifted his hand the Israel prevailed and when he let down his hand the Amalek prevailed.
Lifting the hands means praising God, showing our empty hands to God, telling Him I am nothing, but you are everything, honoring Him by humbling ourselves and allowing Him to intervene into our battles and fight for us (Ps. 24:7-10). expressing our hope and faith in Him, magnifying His strengths, remembering His love and mercy, wonders and miracles, admiring and articulating our gratitude to God.
Even after witnessing and experiencing the wonders and miracles of God the children of Israel murmured against God repeatedly and continuously, we can see this in the preceding chapters (15:24, 16:7,17:3) as a consequence God allowed the enemy the Amalekites to war against them to teach them not to murmur but to praise God in the times of difficulties.
How are we responding to the difficult situations in our life? The secret of victorious life is not receiving the victory but experiencing it. The more we praise God the more we experience the victory. Faith life is not fighting for positions and possessions, we have a different fight, which is not against the flesh and blood but against the principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness at high places (Eph6:12)
Yesterday we read in 14:14 the Lord shall fight for you and ye shall hold your peace.
Our Lord Jesus has already fought for us and granted us the victory on the cross of Calvary.
Now we need not fight the battle. We only need to claim the victory by praising God. Battle belongs to God and victory belongs to us.
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