And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said to him, Let me go, I pray you…
I. IT CONSISTS IN A TRUE RECOGNITION OF PARENTAL AUTHORITY.
1. Moses was animated by honesty.
2. Moses was related by marriage.
3. Moses was obliged by kindness.
II. IT IS COMPATIBLE WITH SILENCE IN REFERENCE TO THE INNER EXPERIENCES OF OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE AND WORK. Moses only asked the consent of his father-in-law to visit his brethren in Egypt; he did not name the primary object of his journey. This was quite consistent, under the circumstances, with a true recognition of filial duty.
1. Silence is not necessarily cunning.
2. Silence may be discreet.
3. Silence may be self-protective.Many toils of Christian workers have been brought to nought by the lack of precautionary measures on the part of those who have been entrusted with them.
III. IT SHOULD AWAKEN KINDLY AND JUDICIOUS PARENTAL CONSIDERATION AND RESPONSE. "And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace."
1. Sometimes the request should be granted.
2. Always goodwill should be expressed. "Go in peace."
3. Supremely should self be forgotten.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
WEB: Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and said to him, "Please let me go and return to my brothers who are in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive." Jethro said to Moses, "Go in peace."