Women of the Word: Reuel’s Seven Daughters


In Exodus chapter 2, we read of seven sisters who are at a desert well trying to get water. These sisters were the daughters of Reuel, priest of Midian. Unfortunately for them, some mean shepherds were also at the well hindering the seven sisters from getting what they had come for. Luckily for them, Moses (who was on the run after killing an Egyptian) happened to be sitting by the well, too.

Kind soul that he was, when he saw how the sisters were being treated he stood up and gave them a helping hand. When the sisters arrived back home, they told their father about Moses. Reuel promptly told his daughters to return to the well and invite Moses to dinner. This is how Moses came to marry one of the daughters, Zipporah. We’ll talk about Zipporah in a later post, but for now here are two lessons we can learn from all seven sisters.

1. Reuel’s seven daughters accepted help. When Moses came to the sisters’ aid, they let him help them get the water they needed to water their flock. They wouldn’t have been able to do it on their own. Just like asking questions doesn’t mean you’re dumb, accepting help when you need it doesn’t mean you’re weak.

Originally, God did create a one-man show. He made Adam to rule alone, but then God thought this was a bad idea. Genesis 2:18 reads: “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.'” If we could handle life on our own, God wouldn’t have given us friends, family, and even strangers. We all need each other.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 shows the value of a friend:

Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

2. Reuel’s seven daughters gave credit. When his daughters returned home so quickly, Reuel was surprised and asked, “How is it that you have come so soon today?” According to Exodus 2:19, the sisters said, “An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and he also drew enough water for us and watered the flock.” Even though he wasn’t around to hear it, they credited Moses for helping them out.

When someone helps us do something, we need to know how important it is to give them credit and not act like we found success on our own. People like to be appreciated for their good actions. We should let others know how much we are grateful for their help by telling them, thank you or giving them praise. Giants are made by standing on the shoulders of others. Rarely does one climb to the mountaintop of success alone.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. – Voltaire


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