Reuel to Jethro-1
Exodus 2:18 “And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How [is it that] ye are come so soon to day?”
Exodus 3:1 “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, [even] to Horeb.”
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Recently, I was studying the book of Exodus and came across something interesting, permit me to share it with you.
In Exodus 2:18, we saw Moses’ arrival in Midian and his encounter with the daughters of the priest of Midian. What caught my attention was how the priest of Midian was introduced in Exodus 2:18 and Exodus 3:1.
He was introduced first as “Reuel” and later as “Jethro”. When I came across these names, I wondered why it was not Jethro, then Reuel. It is not uncommon for the Bible to refer to a single man by different names but whenever I come across such names, I know there is a truth hidden somewhere.
To take us back a little; the man Reuel or Jethro was a descendant of Abraham. His great grand father was a man called Midian. Midian was the fourth son of Keturah, Abrahams third wife.
Before Abraham died, he sent all the other sons he had away (Genesis 25:6), leaving only Isaac as the heir apparent. Now, let’s link these three names (Midian, Reuel and Jethro) together.
Midian was an outcast. Abraham drove him far away from himself and his son Isaac before his demise. I was wondering why Abraham would have to do that until I started this meditation.
Friend, as a believer, you must also separate yourself from Midian if you want to enjoy the peace of God.
The Hebrew word translated Midian simply means “strife”. As a believer if there is something you must run away from it is strife.
To be continued…
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