Amalekites Concluded (Exodus 17:8-16), Jethro Advises Moses (Exodus 18:1-27)

Chuck CainOn March 22, 2015, Chuck Cain taught the Adult Sunday School class on the Israelites’ battle with the Amalekites in Exodus 17:8-16. Joshua’s military success due to dependence on the Lord as Aaron and Hur assisted Moses in holding up the staff of God during the fight (Exodus 17:9-13), concluding with Yahweh’s stated intention to one day judge Amalekites for opposing Israel in the wilderness (Exodus 17:14-16). Later, King Saul’s line would lose the kingship of Israel for disobeying the Lord’s command to utterly destroy Amalek (1 Samuel 15:1-35).

Then, in Exodus 18, we learn of Jethro, Moses’ Midianite father-in-law who brings Moses’ wife and children to him (Exodus 18:1-7). Moses declares Yahweh’s deliverance of Israel from the Egyptians to Jethro, who rejoices and offers sacrifice in response, acknowledging Yahweh as greater than all gods, providing a good picture of evangelism (Exodus 18:8-12). Finally, Jethro advises Moses to delegate his judicial responsibilities to others who judge smaller matters among the people, reserving the more difficult issues for Moses, and together they advised the Israelites by the Law of God, and so they were able to endure such a tremendous task under the guidance of God (Exodus 18:13-27). Listen here.

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