Monday, September 5, 2011

2011 September 5 - Morning Manna

And Jethro, Moses' father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God: And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her. And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent. And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them. And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians. And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them. And Jethro, Moses' father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses' father in law before God. And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws. And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace. So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said. And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land. (Exodus 18:5-27)

Today's Morsel:  Our oldest grandson had only met his great-grandmother once when he was 6 months old.  So my wife, my mother-in-law, and I made a trip to Georgia to see our daugther and her family. After the visit, my daughter called almost in stitches from laughing and said, "You aren't going to believe this."  She said that our grandson, who was now 8 years old, said to her,  "Mom, Grandma doesn't look anything like I thought she'd look."  Not knowing exactly what he meant or where his thoughts were focused, my daughter asked him, "What do you mean?  How did you think she'd look?"  He replied, "You know, like an old hag or something!"  We still to this day have no idea how he came up with this idea or concept, but my mother-in-law laughs and tells the story with great delight!!  Out of the mouth of babes.

Many people are wearing themselves out for selfish gain and personal glory instead of getting others to help them.   The best leaders are those who will say when things go wrong, I did it; when they go semi-good, We did it; and when things go really good, They did it.  When Moses' father-in-law Jethro saw what Moses was doing in counsel, he told him that he would surely wear himself away.  In other words, you're going to kill yourself if you don't get someone to  help you.  It's amazing to me the number of people that are suppose to be laborers for Christ that do not have this wisdom and understanding.  Even Jesus chose twelve guys to help Him.  And  if He, being God, chose twelve, I think I need at least twenty-five.  Jesus never asked us to carry the ball by ourselves.  We either recruit or die.  Jesus even made Adam a helpmeet.  There is no amount of money, rank, or position that can replace your life and loss of family and loved ones.  So get yourself some help because if you die, someone else is going to do it anyhow.

Sing:  Are you weary are you heavy hearted? Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus; Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?  Tell it to Jesus alone.  Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus, He's a friend that's well known; you have no other such a friend or brother, tell it to Jesus alone.

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