Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt.

I suppose we could say Jethro heard the gospel (Romans 10:14).

‘This chapter is one of the points where we suddenly become aware of the wider world in which our redeemed brothers and sisters, the church of the Old Testament, made their pilgrimage…suddenly, in the person of Jethro, ‘the world out there’ walked right into the centre of Israel’s camp.’ Alec Motyer: ‘The message of Exodus’, pp.185,186. As Motyer goes on to say, Jethro is an example of a Gentile becoming a fellow-member of God’s people and fellow-inheritor of His promises (Ephesians 2:11-22).

It has been pointed out that Exodus chapters 17,18 reflect two aspects of the church’s relationship to the world. In 17:8-13 the world opposes and must be resisted (cf.Phil.1:28), and in 18:3 the world is won by the sharing of saving truth.

God never intended His people to hold the blessing tight to their chests, but to open-heartedly and open-handedly share it with the world (Genesis 12:1-3). The church is to so reflect Christ’s light that many are attracted to this light.

Prayer: Lord God, may the attention of the world come to be arrested by you and your work