And Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people—that the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt.… and Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness, where he was encamped at the mountain of God. (Exodus 18:1,5)
At some point prior to this, most likely after the circumcision of his son, Moses had sent his family back to Midian to live with his father-in-law. So it is interesting, at least to me, that the family was reunited at the foot of the mountain where the covenant would be presented to Israel. In other words, there seems to be a prophetic element to this reunion. God brought His people out from under the control of the nations that He might join them to one another, and even more importantly, with Him.
Consider that one of Moses’ sons was named Gershom which means “stranger or sojourner there.” Moses may have considered himself a stranger in Midian but, in reality, he and his family were sojourners in Egypt. His other son was called Eliezer, which is “my God is my helper.” God had delivered him from the reach of Pharaoh (the world) and had led him through the wilderness. So the message is, while in the world, God’s people are regarded as sojourners but He delivers them from the world and assembles them. He brings them to the place that He has prepared for them and then meets them there. Now consider what the prophet Hosea recorded:
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.” (Hosea 2:14-15)
The point I’m making today is that, in spite of the fact that God’s people are being harassed, marginalized and, in some cases, threatened, our God has not abandoned us. He will deliver us and bring us all to that place He has prepared for us. In that great day, all of God’s people — the entire family — will be reunited as we gather under the watchful care of our heavenly Father. In the meantime, let us be diligent in our efforts to proclaim to all that this great day is approaching. Now is the time for those who have ears to hear and a heart to obey to respond to the call and be ready for that day of deliverance.
Blessings and Shalom,