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“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?” - Exodus 18:13, 14.

Comment:

Another example of the dedication of Moses the prophet to the work of God is given in Exodus 18 in which it is recorded that he used to sit from morning until evening handling cases brought to him by the people. When Jethro, his father in law, saw this, he was disturbed because of the toll it would be taking on his health. He then advised him to apply discretion by delegating the duty to subordinates so that only the difficult matters were brought to him. Jethro also advised that those to be chosen to be rulers of tens, fifties, hundreds and thousands should be “able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness”. (Exodus 18:21) We should learn from the example of Moses to be diligent in the service of God. “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” (2 Peter 1:10. See also Proverbs 22:29; Hebrews 11:6) Moses was not to choose relations and friends who would be doing his bidding but God-fearing men who would do the will of God. Even though he was a prophet, yet Moses listened to advice and this gave him time to rest and improved the way he administered the people. “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” - Proverbs 12:15.

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