2019-06-16 - Exodus: God's Providence
Now as we already noted. Moses has been separated from his family for some time. Dr. McGee notes here:
"It is an interesting thing to note the marvelous relationship between Moses and his father-in-law. They seem to be very close, buddies in fact. Moses tells him all that God has done in leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. Jethro shows great interest in everything that Moses relates to him. In fact, when Moses went out to greet his family, we are told that he kissed his father-in-law but nothing is said about him kissing his wife. This passage says nothing about Moses being glad to see his sons either. All this seems to confirm our previous conclusion that Moses’ family relationship was not as it should have been.” 2 Jethro, while back in Midian, had heard of God’s work on behalf of the Israelites. It seems when God works directly, or through His people, the word gets around ...
“As soon as all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the people of Israel” (Joshua 5:1 ESV).
… or in the case of the believers …
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:6–10 ESV).
So consistent with this, word had gotten back to Midian. Accordingly, Jethro took Moses’ family and set out to bring his family to him. Moses reminds us of who his sons were, and the meaning of their names; Gershom – Sojourner in a strange land, named while he was dwelling in Midian; Eliezar – My God is help, named for the support he received from the Lord. We don’t know when Eliezar was named this. Keep in mind, he was born before Moses returned to Egypt to free the children of Israel.
Application: How do you think the way we live encourages those around us to recognize the working of the Lord? Do you think we are a positive or a negative in this process? Remember, one of the reasons God chose Israel was to be a witness for Him, to show His working to those around them. Do you think this occurred? In what ways do you think we can be witnesses, ourselves?
Exodus study to be continued.
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