We had a new preacher last Sunday. Jon Drake has joined the team at St Mary’s Maidenhead, and it was lovely for us to meet him.
We learned about Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, who was a pagan priest in Midian. Through Moses’ witness, Jethro gained an understanding of the true God and turned his heart to Him. Jon likened this event to having the local imam come to our service and deciding to follow Jesus! It was an extraordinary heart change.
Following his salvation, Jethro had some good advice for Moses. He was concerned that Moses would wear himself out, so he recommended that he build a team around him. Jethro was deeply aware that this team needed to be holy and obedient. Jon pointed out that this would have required thousands of officials! The people of Israel numbered over a million, and this scheme recommended “chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.” One application for us here is that God-honouring churches need lots of godly people helping to build up the congregation.
Tomorrow we will continue our series looking at Exodus 19. We hope to see you there!