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Jethro comes to Moses and sees how he is answering all of the questions and disputes from the children of Israel all by himself. Jethro tells Moses that he must not do it all alone as he will get worn out.

Discuss:

  • Moses was trying to solve the problems of the children of Israel by himself. How do we know when we should ask for help?
  • Jethro tells Moses that he will not be able to solve all the problems by himself. Is it wrong to tell someone that they can’t do something. Should we let people try and decide by themselves if they need help?
  • Was Jethro being a friend by telling Moses to get help?

Creative Thinking:

  • Think of five constructive ways to tell Moses that he should get help with dealing with the children of Israel.
  • Think of five non-constructive ways to tell Moses that he should get help.

Homeschool Activities (for homeschooling, youth groups, English Language Arts, youth ministries, family discussions, etc.):

  • Make a list of five things that you can easily do on your own, five things that you can do on your own but are difficult, and five things that you cannot do on your own.
    • What is the main difference between the three categories?
  • How do you feel when someone offers you help? Does it depend on any circumstances? If so which?
  • Jethro thought that the children of Israel would get tired and upset waiting to get through to Moses. Why is it not good to have to wait a long time to have someone settle your dispute or answer a matter of law?
  • Jethro thought that Moses was working too hard. Describe what it feels like to be really tired from working hard.
  • Is it easy or hard to ask for help? Explain.
  • Is it easy or hard to offer to help someone? Explain
  • Is it easier to ask for help or to offer help? Why?
  • Do you think that Moses was offended by Jethro telling him that he should get help dealing with the children of Israel? Why or why not?
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