September 12th 2021
The next day Moses was settling disputes among the people, and he was kept busy from morning till night.
When Jethro saw everything that Moses had to do, he asked,
"What is all this that you are doing for the people? Why are you doing this all alone, with people standing here from morning till night to consult you?"
"I must do this because the people come to me to learn God's will.
When two people have a dispute, they come to me, and I decide which one of them is right,
and I tell them God's commands and laws."
Then Jethro said,
"You are not doing this right. You will wear yourself out and these people as well. This is too much for you to do alone.
Now let me give you some good advice, and God will be with you.
It is right for you to represent the people before God and bring their disputes to him. You should teach them God's commands and explain to them how they should live and what they should do.
But in addition, you should choose some capable men and appoint them as leaders of the people: leaders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. They must be God-fearing men who can be trusted and who cannot be bribed.
Let them serve as judges for the people on a permanent basis.
They can bring all the difficult cases to you, but they themselves can decide all the smaller disputes. That will make it easier for you,
as they share your burden.
If you do this, as God commands, you will not wear yourself out,
and all these people can go home with their disputes settled."
Moses took Jethro's advice
and chose capable men from among all the Israelites.
He appointed them as leaders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. They served as judges for the people on a permanent basis, bringing the difficult cases to Moses
but deciding the smaller disputes themselves.
Then Jesus and his disciples went away to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them,
"Tell me, who do people say I am?"
"Some say that you are John the Baptist," they answered;
"others say that you are Elijah,
while others say that you are one of the prophets."
"What about you?" he asked them."Who do you say I am?"
Peter answered, "You are the Messiah."
Then Jesus ordered them, "Do not tell anyone about me."
Then Jesus began to teach his disciples:
"The Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. He will be put to death, but three days later he will rise to life."
He made this very clear to them.
So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
But Jesus turned around, looked at his disciples, and rebuked Peter.
"Get away from me, Satan," he said. "Your thoughts don't come from God but from human nature!"
Then Jesus called the crowd and his disciples to him.
"If any of you want to come with me," he told them,
"you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me.
For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for me and for the gospel, you will save it.
Do you gain anything if you win the whole world but lose your life? Of course not!
There is nothing you can give to regain your life.
If you are ashamed of me and of my teaching in this godless and wicked day, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."