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Summary: To show that the LORD will teach us everything about Him, even using righteous people such as Jethro and the elders of Israel.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you learn from instruction?

Yes. We learn by being instructed

Proverbs 21:11 (Amplified Bible)

When the scoffer is punished, the fool gets a lesson in being wise; but men of [godly] Wisdom and good sense learn by being instructed.

Proverbs 1:5 (Amplified Bible)

The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly]—

Proverbs 9:9 (Amplified Bible)

Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man (one upright and in right standing with God) and he will increase in learning.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that the LORD will teach us everything about Him, even using righteous people such as Jethro and the elders of Israel.

IV. TEXT:

Exodus 18:12 (Amplified Bible)

And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices [to offer] to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You taught us with words of wisdom from Your WORDS thru the example of righteous people that You use as instruments.

Hebrews 12:3 (Amplified Bible)

Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.

VI. TITLE:

Learn from Jethro

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author and Central Character: Moses

B. Date written: 1447-1410 b.c.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

C. Purpose: To be a permanent reminder of God's redemptive act on Passover night; and of His care and direction, through the cloud of day and the pillar of fire of night, during His people's wilderness wanderings on the way to Canaan.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

D. To whom written: Each new generation of Israel

E. Main Theme: History of Israel from death of Joseph to the erection of the tabernacle

F. Key word: deliverance

G. Key verses:

Exodus 12:40-43 (Amplified Bible)

12:40 Now the time the Israelites dwelt in Egypt was 430 years.

12:41 At the end of the 430 years, even that very day, all the hosts of the Lord went out of Egypt.

12:42 It was a night of watching unto the Lord and to be much observed for bringing them out of Egypt; this same night of watching unto the Lord is to be observed by all the Israelites throughout their generations.

12:43 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat of it;

VIII. MAIN BODY:

Exodus 18:12 (King James Version)

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.

A. Offer burnt offering and sacrifices for GOD

"And Jethro, Moses' father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God:"

Who is Jethro? - a priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law.

Jethro or "yithro" in Hebrew means: his excellence

Other name is Reuel or Raguel or "ruel" in Hebrew means: friend of GOD. The only heathen priest that offered to GOD and was not destroyed unlike the prophets of Baal

1 Kings 18:40 (Amplified Bible)

And Elijah said, Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one escape. They seized them, and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and [as God’s law required] slew them there.

SOME ASPECTS OF IMPORTANCE WITH JETHRO:

1. a spiritual man - he rejoiced before GOD for the victory of Israel over Egypt.

Exodus 18:9 (Amplified Bible)

Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness the Lord had done to Israel in that He had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians.

2. worshipper of GOD - he blessed the LORD for the Israelite's deliverance over the hands of the Egyptians

Exodus 18:10 (Amplified Bible)

Jethro said, Blessed be the Lord, Who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh, Who has delivered the people [Israel] from under the hand of the Egyptians.

3. he is authorized to offer before GOD - he can offer offerings and sacrifices to GOD without being burned alive.

Exodus 18:12 (Amplified Bible)

And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices [to offer] to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God.

Unlike Nadab and Abihu - the sons of Aaron

Leviticus 10:1-2 (Amplified Bible)

AND NADAB and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, and put incense on it, and offered strange and unholy fire before the Lord, as He had not commanded them.

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