Have you ever seen the face of a child when you tell him or her an amazing story? Even if the story itself might be full of fantasy and allegory, the young imagination seems to recreate the impossible and give life to it seemingly without any effort. Of course, if you don’t make it clear that the story is just that, a story, then probably that child will go on believing that perhaps it was true. But what if the story was true?
Parashat Yitro has a real-life character who hears about real-life events and comes to faith in the God of Israel by hearing about them. In fact the parasha starts “Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt (Shemot/Exodus 18:1). The text then continues to say that Moses’ father-in-law even rejoiced and offered sacrifices to the One and Only God of Israel after he heard the story of all the amazing things He did to deliver His people. Jethro even offers his help in the form of advice to Moses as to how to govern our people.
Societies change and as the years and centuries go by, just like that impressionable child, we become less impressionable.
Societies change and as the years and centuries go by, just like that impressionable child, we become less impressionable. The “show me or it didn’t happen” approach to life seems to be the golden rule for many of us to the point that we don’t even pay attention to anything that might be miraculous.
God hasn’t changed. He still is the same powerful God we read about in the Bible and He still is performing wonders every day.
So if God still is performing miracles how come we don’t hear about them as often? Maybe we aren’t paying attention or maybe we are too busy to even acknowledge what’s happened. Maybe though, we just need more people to open their mouths and tell those stories for others to hear. If we are blessed enough to be part of God’s kingdom and we have seen and heard about His mighty deeds, then why keep quiet?
The Bible says it best: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). This parasha encourages us to tell others about the Messiah Yeshua and the mighty things He has done to deliver us from sin. Perhaps someone just like Jethro will come to faith. But of course, you can’t tell of God’s wonders if you’ve never experienced them yourself. Perhaps you, like Jethro all those years ago need to look into the miracles of God, specifically, the miracle of the death and resurrection of the Messiah and come to your own conclusion. You might even be surprised at what you discover…
Too good not to be true