Posted by: mattcolvin | April 19, 2012

Fathers-in-Law: Jethro and Laban

Thursday of the Second week after Easter: Exodus 18:1-12

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. 6 Now he had said to Moses, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her.”

This may be intended as a contrast with Jacob and Laban. Jacob runs away with Laban’s daughters and his children by them; Jethro brings Moses’ family to him. Laban is in consternation about Jacob’s legal despoiling of his herds, and accuses him of taking what is “mine” (a word used five times in Laban’s speech in Genesis 31:43 alone). Jethro congratulates Moses on having despoiled the Egyptians.


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