Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

Jethro’s Advice

on November 6, 2012

And Moses’ father in law [Jethro] said unto him … (Exodus 18: 17)    …    Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:(Exodus 18: 21)    …    So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.(Exodus 18: 24)

The work load of leading Israel after the departure from Egypt was too great for Moses to bear alone. As Jethro advised, Moses delegated much of the responsibility to others. For our purposes here, the most important detail of the story is the list of qualities that Jethro said the leaders should have to whom Moses delegated authority and responsibility. The leaders under Moses should

  • be able men
  • they should fear God
  • they should be men of truth
  • they should hate covetousness

We have previously argued that each citizen should ponder and pray. He should decide what his own ideas on good government are. The closer the citizen’s ideas are to the Lord’s ideas, the better, so each citizen should work to learn the Lord’s ideas and make them his own. The Citizen should then compare the candidates in a field (group of rivals or alternatives for the same office) to his own ideas of good government and choose the candidate that will most closely carry out that citizen’s ideas. By so doing the citizen can maximize his chances of choosing the same candidate the Lord would choose. In the passage above, Jethro tells us some of the qualities the Lord looks for when he chooses a leader. Do you look for these qualities in a prospective political leader?


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