God’s Word without compromise then, and now!

Exodus 13:13 And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening. 
14 So when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?”
15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 
16 When they have a difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws.”
17 So, Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 
18 Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. 
19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. 
20 And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. 
21 Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
22 And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So, it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you. 
23 If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace.”
24 So, Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 
25And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people: rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
26 So, they judged the people at all times; the hard cases they brought to Moses, but they judged every small case themselves.
27 Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went his way to his own land.

It seems that Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro saw that Moses had no time for himself, or for his Family, and asked him about it.

So, when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?”
And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 
When they have a difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws.”
(Vs 14-16)

His service to the people required all of his time. for he was both priest and judge over his people. And apparently, he had not considered that he should delegate some of this responsibility.

So, Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 
18 Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. 
19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. 
20 And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. 
(Vs 17-20)

Jethro spells out the duties of Moses perfectly, He is to be God’s voice to the people, teaching them YHVH’s statutes and laws. And show them the way in which they must walk.

Here is the role of a Pastor or Minister of YHVH God who serves Christ Yehoshua spoken as clearly as if Moses’ father-in-law were speaking to us this day.

But as to being Israel’s judge, He says. “Moreover, you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So, it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you. 
(Vs 21, 22)

Jethro tells Him to delegate authority to several men, so that they can hear and settle disputes. And this way he will hear only cases of great importance, that those under Moses could not settle themselves.

This would lessen the burden on Moses, by shifting the weight of it to other men of His choosing.

Jethro says, “If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace.”  (Vs 23)

Jethro know that this suggestion is of God, but dares not say it.  So, he adds if God so commands you then you’ll be able to endure. He is humbled by Moses’ calling and His connection to YHVH. And no matter what Jethro counsels it must come from HaShem to be valid for Moses.

But this is a solution not only for Moses, but for the people as well, so that they can resolve matters more quickly, and live in peace with their neighbors.


24 So, Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 
25And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people: rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
26 So, they judged the people at all times; the hard cases they brought to Moses, but they judged every small case themselves.
(Vs 24-26)

Moses accepted Jethro’s counsel. Thus, making Men of His choosing heads of tribes, Heads of thousands, Hundreds, Fifties, and Tens. Kind of like lower courts and higher courts in our legal system. Perhaps this is why the Supreme Court has a relief of Moses receiving the Law on its front entrance.

But pay no attention to that fact, as they no longer serve the same god.

But for us, what can we glean from this counsel between Moses and his father-in-law? perhaps if we can begin to see how things ought to be, we might surmise that the first qualification for a leader ought to be an understanding of God’s Law, and His Holy Word is exactly that. For the most part, we are led by men and women who may or may not have a relationship with YHVH God, and wouldn’t know Christ if He were to walk up and slap them in the face. And the same godless sort are sitting as judges over this nation.

Once we begin to understand the level of unbelief that has brought our nation down, then perhaps we can affix a cure, and do it according to God’s way.

Deuteronomy 12:1 “These are the statutes and judgments which you shall be careful to observe in the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth. 
2 You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. 
3 And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place. 
4 You shall not worship the Lord your God with such things.

As to how we dispossess such people? You can figure that out for yourselves. But in any case, we as God’s people cannot live this way, and that has become painfully clear. For our elders, and our children are paying the price of our having compromised with evil.

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Jeremiah 24:15)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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