By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: March 2, 2017
From Series: Hop, Skip, and a Jump
Exodus 18: 9-11, “Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the LORD had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. He said, “Praise be to the LORD, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods, for He did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.”
Celebration begets celebration, and a great example of this is found in Exodus 18. We often gloss over the first day of Jethro’s visit with his son-in-law. We tend to skip to day two when Moses received great advice and wise counsel in the necessity of delegation within leadership. Upon Jethro’s arrival, he was greeted warmly and invited into his son-in-law’s tent. There, Moses shared all the miraculous and amazing things God had done to save His people. Jethro listened intently and was “delighted to hear” such incredibly awesome news. Truly listening to someone is the highest form of honor. At Fellowship Church, we talk a lot about having the right ‘THEY’ in our lives, because the right THEY always have something to SAY when we do something great! Jethro responded in a celebratory manner. Then he praised God as the Most High. And in that moment he underwent a life-changing transformation, which leads us to the next celebration…
Jethro was the Midianite priest of a religion that likely worshiped a multitude of gods. However, he was familiar with the God of Israel. How could he not be after spending forty years with Moses on the far side of the desert? Until his visit, though, he hadn’t committed to the Lord because in verse 11 he said, “Now I know that God is greater than all other gods”. Then as an act of worship, he brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to the Lord out of gratitude for the mercy and deliverance God had shown him and his family. After this initial act of devotion, he came together with all the elders to share a portion of the sacrificial meal as a celebration in the presence of God. So, although he was not born into the Israelite faith, it was by faith after hearing Moses’ account of events that he committed to the God of Israel. This greatly applies to us! We are to bring our offerings and tithes as an act of worship to the house. We celebrate and encourage one another in Christ. And we share our stories in hope of leading people towards God, thus building new relationships and refueling those we have come to cherish.
Thank God for those who celebrate with you in the good times and stand by you in the bad. Ask Him to provide opportunities to share your story, and praise Him for His Almighty power, provision, and strength.
Give someone a compliment, send an encouraging message, and smile at everyone you pass!
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