“. . . 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; . . .” Exodus 18:1 AV
Growing up in a technologically detached third world culture, we marveled at the speedy diffusion of new information throughout the community. Obviously the world of Moses day did pretty well without Twitter too. Before Moses arrived on scene, Jethro already had an earful about the works of God in Egypt.
What people talk about indicates what they consider to have worth. A quick glance at Twitter or any of the online news sites will show you what is trending any given day – what the culture deems worthy of discussion. That “worth” that is attributed to a theme is an expression of worship.
The modern press in America is very manipulative. Stories are showcased or downgraded based on what the editors want the public to see. But buzz is honest. When people are hanging out and there is no pressure to think in a particular direction, what bubbles up is what is important to them at that time. The selection of topics to discuss is an act of worship.
And agreement among people matters a lot in the spiritual realm. While the Hebrews were living in the present, worried about food and water, God was keeping the grapevine busy for 40 years, bringing agreement from Gentiles that He, the God of the Hebrews, was not to be trifled with!
In addition to the overt worship He would be requiring from the Hebrews, He was collecting informal worship and establishing structures in the spiritual realm from the agreements of a whole lot of people who served other gods – like this priest from Midian!
Copyright February 2016 by Arthur Burk
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