Jethro visits Moses

So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them. 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. Exodus 18:7-9 NIV

Whatever one may say, Jethro was a pagan. Perhaps he had exploits towards the truth, but as he was the “Priest of Midian” he remained so. Undoubtedly, as the Jewish tradition says, “nitsei ohr – sparks of LIGHT” were distributed to different people, while Israel retained the main source. If we were to speak today's economic language, then in the Shares of the "Corporation of Truth" Israel owned a "controlling stake." But there was no reason not to listen to those other "owners of the Truth." And as the tradition says, this was precisely what Israel's periodic expulsions from the promised land to distant places consisted of, to learn from the nations and teach the nations. Connect knowledge.

In a sense, after the “experience of Egypt”, the situation with Jethro, Moshe's father-in-law and, at the same time, the priest of Midian, was a similar experience.

A little personal...

Recently, having congratulated people here and there on Christmas, from some I received extremely condemning attacks related to the “return to paganism”. But God sees, on the one hand, I do not believe that the Birth of Yeshua, the Son of God, was December 25, but, on the other hand, I see that this pagan date was rededicated to the Holy One, blessed be His Name! And although this is not the Jewish way, those who have considered doing it this way, and sincerely on this day come in the worship of the Creator and His Son, are doing good. Why not congratulate them?!

Learning from Moses.

By the time of this meeting with Jethro, he already knew the truth, and learned a lot. Instead of “condemnation”, he stood up with the elders and went out to greet the Priest of Midian. It was not ecumenism; it was respect and a desire to learn and teach. I think you understand my point from Jethro's chapter... It's important to respect others! It is important to leave childish childishness - the habit of always swearing and arguing. The Apostle Paul writes: “…do not argue…”, because they do not decide or prove anything. But the Evidence of the Respect and power of God and the peace of God in us can work wonders! Let's learn from Moshe!

Sincerely, Leon Mazin

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