18:1 Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel his people, how the LORD had rescued Israel from Egypt. 2 Previously, Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had taken Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her for a visit, 3 along with her two sons. The name of the one was Gershom ( because he said, “I have been a temporary resident in a foreign land”), 4 and the name of the other, Eliezer (for he said, “The God of my father has been my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh”). 5 Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the desert where he was camped at the mountain of God. 6 And when he sent word to Moses, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her,” 7 Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. And they asked how each other were and went into the tent. 8 Then Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, all the trouble that had come upon them along the way, and how the LORD had delivered them. 9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the good that the LORD had done to Israel, particularly that he had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. 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.
greater than all gods
What we have just read is the story of the conversion of a Midianite religious leader. He had every reason to question the integrity of his son-in-law, and criticize him for his actions. But Jethro took a good look at the life of Moses, saw all the evidence of God at work in his life and the lives of those he led, and concluded that Moses’ God was greater than all gods. The LORD proved himself not only greater than the gods of Egypt. He proved himself greater than the god whom Jethro had been serving.
So Jethro paid a complement to his son-in-law, and embraced his faith. There was just too much evidence in the Israelite camp for Jethro not to seek a relationship with the LORD.
LORD, may our camp be filled with evidence of your presence, your power and your goodness.