Exodus 18:1-3 KJV
When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt;
Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,
And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:
When Jethro heard that Moses was in the wilderness, he came to meet him and to bring to him his wife and children. I see in this an example for the father in law and grandparent.
He brought Moses' family to him
- To identify with Moses’ people
- To submit to Moses’ plan
He supported Moses
- He supported Moses despite the differences in faith
- He supported Moses despite the hostile circumstances
He left Moses with his family
Jethro cared for them at a time in their relationship that it was needed but returned them to Moses’ authority as soon as possible. Grandparents and in-laws are a huge advantage to a parenting couple and God has created the extended family. But the leadership of the home belongs to the head of the house.
Jethro honored that.