Jethro. The account of the visit of Jethro is doubtless out of its order. The fact is, the exact time cannot be determined. When Moses departed from Egypt he took his wife and sons with him ( Exodus 4:19 Exodus 4:20 ). At some point on the journey he sent them back. This probably occurred after the exciting episode at the inn ( Exodus 4:24-26 ). During the encampment at Sinai, Jethro brought the family of Moses into the camp ( Exodus 18:1-6 ). Jethro was a priest or prince, and as he was a descendant of Abraham ( Genesis 25:1 Genesis 25:2 ; Exodus 2:15-21 ), he was in all probability a worshipper of God. Indeed, he plainly showed this in his conduct at Mount Sinai ( Exodus 18:1-13 )> He found Moses engaged in the immense undertaking of judging the people ( Exodus 18:13-17 ). At his suggestion Moses inaugurated a system that for wisdom and practicality cannot be improved. It consisted of wise men who were to be,
- rulers over tens,
- rulers over fifties,
- rulers over hundreds,
- rulers over thousands,
- and Moses to be the final court of appeal.
After leaving the impress of his mighty character upon the government of Israel, Jethro departed to his own country ( Exodus 13:17-27 ).