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Are We Capable of Learning "On Our Own Two Feet"?

Torah Scroll
Torah Scroll
Jeremie Webb

Today’s Torah Commentary from Exodus 18:13 - 23

The Second Book of the Torah, “Shemot,” “Names.”

This weeks reading is “Yitro,” “Jethro.”

We begin our reading today with Jethro, Moshe’s Father in Law, surveying what a typical day is like in the life of Moshe.

Jethro is not happy with the way Moshe makes himself continually available to the people.

He believes Moshe will “burn himself out” attempting to be all things to all people.

Jethro recommends Moshe appoint good, GOD fearing men who hate injustice, to be appointed to smaller groups of the people, handling the more minor judgements, bringing the more serious or bigger issues to Moshe.

Jethro suggest this out of hie love for Moshe and the wisdom that comes with age. He see’s that Moshe cannot physically continue to be all things to all the people.

Moshe listens to Jethro’s advice. Jethro has made a great a valid observation on Moshe’s behalf, qualifying that with GOD’s approval.

It’s interesting how Jethro can see the potential for Moshe’s exhaustion, however, it seems’ Jethro can also see the potential for Moshe to become bigger than he needs to be seen in the eyes of the people.

Moshe is “The Prophet” of GOD, speaking on GOD’s behalf to the people at their request, yet is it fair to ask one man to take on such a responsibility?

Can we not, as a body of believers, follow in the ways of GOD’s Word, HIS teaching, law, instructions, or do we, like the People have no desire to think, learn act for ourselves in the sight of GOD?

Have we, like the people of Israel, become so needy, lazy and spoiled, that we have to constantly be “hand fed” like fledglings?

Are our spiritual leaders being worn out by our constant “neediness?”

Are we relying on someone else to tell us what’s right and wrong, or are we learning that for ourselves from the Torah?!

Do we continue to look to “the prophet” our “Moshe” to always answer our questions, rule over and make our judgements, never making ourselves accountable?

Can we walk in righteousness, or do we even understand what that means without someone telling us?

Who have we become, truly? Are we the People of GOD with all that HE has made available to us in truth, or are we still the “Sheeple,” following after whomever tells us what we want to hear?

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