Delegate!!



I read this and it reminds me of myself at times.  I’m just guessing here, but I don’t think I’m alone in this.  Sometimes I allow myself to get overwhelmed by all I have to do, and I forget that I don’t have to do it all.  I don’t live alone, I don’t work alone, I don’t have to do it all alone.  It’s a good thing to remember as we go through life.  
The next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening. When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?   Being the leader of his people, Moses also officiated over disputes among the people of Israel.  There were days, apparently, when he would sit from sun-up until sundown judging people according to the will of God, and just general disputes between parties.  This sounds like quite a load, the people of Israel numbered in the hundreds of thousands.  

Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.   Jethro is right.  Moses can not do it alone.  What he is trying to do in his own is certainly too much for one man to do in his own.  Ever try to do more than you can on your own??  

Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do.  Don’t we all love taking advice from the in laws??!!  But, Jethro does a good job working the ego here – lets him know he’s still The Man, the one who goes between God and the people, the one the people will look to.

Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves.  You’re The Man, Moses, but delegate!!  It’s better for you, better for your people, better for the Justice you are trying to achieve.  Jethro lays down the hierarchy that is later used not only for the armies of Israel, but to this day we use hierarchy’s much like this in government, military, and business.  He tells Moses to handle the big things, but all the little things – don’t even worry about it.  Stop micro managing!!

So Moses listened to the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said.   Moses listened to his father in law.  Moses was prone to his own pride and anger in certain situations, but he swallowed his pride, was coachable, and put good people in place to help him with the huge task of officiating disputes and judging the people.  Not only that, he put on paper the basic organizational flow chart we use to this day.  And as an added bonus, his own life was made both easier and more productive.  He realized he didn’t have to do it all alone.  Neither do we.


“The next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening. When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?” And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God; when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws.” Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.” So Moses listened to the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. And they judged the people at all times. Any hard case they brought to Moses, but any small matter they decided themselves. Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went away to his own country.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭18:13-27‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/exo.18.13-27.esv

John Lewis

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