Exodus 18: Keeping Moses from Wearing Away

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 49–50

How do you react when people criticize you? What if they are right? Do you accept their opinions and change or do you argue just to save your pride? Moses was a great prophet set over all the people. Notice, however, what happened in Exodus 18 when someone criticized how Moses acted and suggested how he could change. In this case, the person who criticized Moses had nothing to gain personally; he was only interested in helping someone he loved.

Understanding the Scriptures

Exodus 18

Did obeisance (v. 7)Bowed down in respect 
Travail (v. 8)Trouble  
Statutes (v. 16)Commandments 
Causes (v. 19)Problems 
Provide (v. 21)Choose 
Covetousness (v. 21)Desire for the things of others 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Exodus 18.

Activity A iconKeeping Moses from Wearing Away

Moses tried to do it all.

The Lord taught Moses the organization of leadership over the children of Israel.

Make a chart like the one shown on the left and fill in information from what you read in Exodus 18:13–26.

The situation

Why there is a problem

The proposed solution

The benefits of implementing the solution

What Moses did

Activity B iconWhat Do We Learn from Moses’ Example?

What do we learn about Moses from the way he responded to Jethro’s criticism?