In our Parashah, (Yitro) Moses’ father-in-law Jethro hears of the great and mighty miracles which Adonai has performed through his son-in-law and on behalf of the Children of Yisra’el. In Exodus chapter 18 he comes to God’s prophet in Midian, bringing Moses’ wife and his two-sons. During his time with Moses, Jethro however provides Moses some fatherly advice, instructing that he should setup a hierarchy of Magistrates and Judges to assist him in the governance and leadership of God’s people. In this, Jethro advises, “What you are doing isn’t good. You will certainly wear yourself out - and not only yourself, but these people here with you as well. It’s too much for you - you can’t do it alone, by yourself.” (Exodus 18:17b-18)
For us in the Body of Messiah, this is good advice as well! Where one could concentrate on the model of the establishment of shammishim (deacon's) in a congregational setting, what stands out the most here might be the phrase, “… you can’t do it alone, by yourself - and not only yourself!” All too often in this life, we act as if we can do it on our own. In our pride, insecurity and fear we easily have an attitude of “Oh, no - I’ve got this,” and by doing so we rob others from being a blessing, and we rob ourselves from knowing how deeply love and appreciated we truly are.
Dear friends, as we seek to follow Yeshua, never forget that to be in community requires that we let our guard down, that we choose to receive and that we let go of our pride. Remember you can only be loved or show love when you choose to unfold your arms and let someone in!
Here at Beit Hallel, lets walk in Covenant Relationship together in Messiah’s holy name! ~ Rabbi Mark Rantz
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