Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 18:12 (NIV)
Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.
Exodus 18:12 (MSG)
Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a Whole-Burnt-Offering and sacrifices to God. And Aaron, along with all the elders of Israel, came and ate the meal with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.
“Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took a burnt offering and [other] sacrifices [to offer] to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law before God.” -AMPLIFIED
Yesterday we found Moses filling Jethro in on all the amazingly, wonderful things that Jehovah had done for the children of Israel. Scripture tells us that when Moses was finished sharing all the details that Jethro was delighted in all the good things that God had done for Israel. So much so, that he began to praise the Almighty One, “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. 11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.” -Exodus 18:10-11 (NIV)
We then find Jethro, who WAS a priest of God, albeit from Midian, presenting to God a burnt offering; as well as other sacrifices to Jehovah. Let us not think it strange that there were other followers of God amongst other peoples; consider Melchizedek, priest of God and king of Salem. God has agents of His own, working for Him, throughout the population of the World.
Jethro made the presentation, but we find that Aaron and all the elders of the people came TOGETHER to eat the meal with Jethro in the presence of God. TOGETHER: with each other, in a group, as one. Synonyms for “TOGETHER” are as follows; calm, cool, collected, in sync, stable, like-minded and unbroken. Here was a group of people, who put aside any difference that they may have had with Jethro, coming together and worshiping God as one. Jethro may have been from Midian, but he worshiped the One, True, God; just as the children of Israel did.
The Apostle Paul reminded the Ephesians of the need to be humble and patient with one another; making every effort to live in unity. “You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.” -Ephesians 4:4-6 (MSG)
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” -Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
As followers of God, we need to work together. “In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.” -Galatians 3:28-29 (MSG)
“Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:11-14 (NIV)
Heavenly Father, I am so glad to be part of the family of God. Throughout the World there are fellow believers that are indeed part of Your family too. In many ways we may be different, but in the most important ways we are the same. We believe that You alone are the one true God and that Jesus Christ came into the World to save us all from our sins. Help us set aside any differences and focus on what is most important, You. Together we come to worship and praise your Name. The day is coming and coming soon where together we will stand before your throne and worship you! I can hardly wait for that day to arrive. May you find your church faithfully working together.