Jethro (biblical figure) - Wikipedia
Other posts in this series: Introduction, Jethro and Moses Part 1 already observed that: 1) the foundation of mentoring is a close relationship. As you were reading Exodus 2 and 3 you may have noticed something that appears to be a discrepancy in the naming of Moses' father-in-law. Answer: Jethro was the father-in-law of Moses and father of Zipporah. The relationship between Moses and Jethro was always cordial (verses 7–8), and.
A professor looked out at us, a brand new class of young students who would someday be the leaders of the church.
Bob Tuttle was right. If someone crossed John Wesley and Clint Eastwood, they might come close to this man with piercing eyes and a direct style that made us believe every word he said. We were nodding our heads in agreement and almost begging for a solution to our own stupidity.
You need to get a life. And because of that, you need more than a class, more than a book.
Jethro (biblical figure)
You need a mentor. If we followed his advice, we would be mentored by one person and provide mentoring to another, which put us right in the middle of the sandwich.
He encouraged us to always find these relationships within six months of moving to a new charge, since after six months our lives and schedules would be so established we would be hesitant to add new roles and responsibilities. That one day of class probably benefited me more than some entire courses.
Some of the greatest leaders in the Bible began their ministries serving or following a mentor. In preparation for their own roles of leadership, they needed to learn and grow with the help of a trusted advisor.
One great description of a mentoring relationship is found early in the Old Testament in the relationship between Moses and his father-in-law Jethro. Jethro shows us some characteristics of great mentors that are still powerful and true today. A good mentor listens without judgment. Instead of a bunch of sheep, he was in charge of the entire nation of Israel and their uncertain future. In Exodus 18 we read how glad Moses was to see his father-in-law and his wife as well, we hope!
Exodus 18 describes how Moses recounted his struggles with a hard-hearted Pharaoh, the miracles and plagues, and the journey that followed. The story of the crossing of the Red Sea must have been both thrilling and suspenseful.
Then Moses must have told about the difficult journey they had begun through the desert toward the Promised Land. This is a picture of a healthy mentoring relationship.
Who was Jethro in the Bible?
I love that Moses was able to share his own journey — both the ups and downs — with his father-in-law. Who is someone you feel comfortable sharing honestly with, including both the ups and downs of your own story? A good mentor affirms the work of God in your life and praises God for all He has done in and through you.
Jethro listened carefully, and was delighted to hear all the good things the Lord had done. Now I know that Yahweh is greater than all gods, because in this affair they dealt arrogantly with the people.
We get the impression that Moses must have told Jethro about Yahweh—and all that Yahweh had called Moses to do—but that the Midianite priest must have been skeptical. So, what made the difference for Jethro?
Why does he believe now? Because Yahweh had objectively defeated the Egyptians and their gods to redeem Israel out of their bondage. He converts to worshiping Yahweh because of what Yahweh had done. This is so important. The gospel is about God and what God has objectively done in history. In history, God actually redeemed and rescued his people Israel out of Egypt, and in history, God actually sent his Son into this world to take on human nature, suffer, die on a cross for our sins, rise from the dead, and ascend to reign with him at his right hand.
The gospel is about what God has done for his people through his Son Jesus Christ, of which the exodus out of Egypt was merely an early foreshadowing. The Gospel Teaches Us About Someone Greater Than Moses But this story of Jethro in Exodus 18 teaches us not only what we ought to look back to the work of God in the worldbut also what we ought to look forward to from this story.
Jethro was a foreign priest of Midian Ex. Melchizedek was a foreign priest of Salem Gen. The purpose of these parallels appears to be to cast Jethro as another Melchizedek, the paradigm of the righteous Gentile.
Moses Had a Mentor
We see this all the way through the Bible. Noah gets drunk and sleeps naked in his tent. Abram humbles himself to be blessed by Melchizedek. David gets confronted by the prophet Nathan to rebuke him for his sin. Peter denies his Master three times before the rooster crows. And Moses takes advice from his father-in-law about how to lead the people of Israel better.
There are points in the Bible where we see clear declarations about who the Messiah would be, and there are points in the Bible where we intensely feel the vacuum that only he could fill.
For as much glory as Moses had, the glory of Jesus brings the glory of Moses to nothing 2 Cor. The Gospel Teaches Us How to Love in the Midst of Conflict So, we have so far situated the story of Exodus 18 properly in its context—looking back at the redemption of Israel out of Egypt, and looking forward to the coming of Jesus into the world.
Moses had been judging every dispute in the entire nation of Israel himself, so that he was spending entire days doing nothing but resolving conflict in Israel Ex. When Jethro saw this, he was shocked, concerned that Moses would wear himself and the people of Israel out if he continued to work at that pace. Instead, Jethro suggested that Moses share the mantle of leadership with godly, wise men in Israel.