Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bread of Fellowship

10 Jethro said, "Blessed be the LORD, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods, because in this affair they dealt arrogantly with the people." 12 And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to God; and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God.
Exodus 18:10-12, English Standard Version

Bread of Fellowship

I have always liked Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, and I also appreciate the respect that Moses always gave to him. Jethro came to see Moses when the Israelites were nearby; after seeing all that God had done for the Israelites, he proclaimed,

"Blessed be the LORD, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods, because in this affair they dealt arrogantly with the people."

We have no indication that Jethro ever accepted Moses' religion, but this is a reminder to us that even the unconverted see the things God has done. Also, Moses never disdained Jethro for his belief or lack of belief in the Lord; he always showed respect to him as his elder.

After this comment, Jethro brought an offering to the Lord, and then Jethro, Moses, Aaron, and the elders of Israel sat down to eat bread together--the bread of fellowship. God speaks much about Christians showing hospitality, and the best hospitality is that of sharing a meal with another.

I often grow weary of Christians complaining about other Christians, or taking swipes at their doctrinal beliefs! Oh that we would be more like Moses, and be gracious toward other professing believers. How much better if we would spend our time offering the bread of fellowship to others, encouraging them to live faithfully for the Lord, and bringing the message of salvation to the unbelievers.

The harvest is ready and the laborers are few!

God Bless You,
Linda

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