Exodus 18:17-19 And Moses' father-in-law said unto him, The thing that you do is not good. You will surely wear away, both you, and this people that is with you: for this thing is too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it yourself alone. Hearken now unto my voice, I will give you counsel, and God shall be with you: Represent the people before God, that you may bring the causes unto God:
Moses was one such child. He had a Father, Jochebed's husband. But, he was left in the bulrushes by the river where Pharoah's daughter would find him, to save his life from ordered abortion/ infanticide. Then, he was brought to his own mother to nurse him for a few short years till he was weaned. Then, he went to live in the palace, where it seems he didn't really identify with anyone. He knew he was different. And, perhaps he never quite bonded with the Pharoah.
After he killed an Egyptian rashly in anger, he ran away into the desert. Two bad decisions in a row, and counting. Then, he walked until he was thirsty. Then he took a job herding sheep. Finally things started to look up, because he was in the safety of an employer, who soon became his father-in-law. Sad to say, his wife had grown up with different customs, and was not happy with him. She became enraged when he insisted on circumcising their boys. They definitely had cultural differences, and racial differences, but the religious differences seemed to cause the most squabbles. At some point, he sent her home to her Daddy. Later, after Moses had fled with the Israelites across the Red Sea out into the wilderness, Jethro brought his daughter back out to Moses, apparently trying to patch things up between the angry couple.
Neither one resisted, and they seemed content to be back together. Moses was busy acting as judge for the people all day. Jethro, noticed this and suggested that Moses delegate less important tasks to people under him. This was all very good advice from Moses' father-in-law. He gained a wife, his sons, and some time off to concentrate on his family more. Things worked out so well that Miriam, Moses' sister became jealous and started complaining about "that black woman" Moses had married. Apparently, Moses had made some accommodations to make his wife happy, and Miriam hadn't liked having to make changes. She seemed to be out of place barking at her baby brother about his wife.
But, God took care of it. He turned her skin leprous, which made it ashy white. This seems to be a mockery to her bigotry, as if God was saying, "So, you think lighter skin is so much better? I'll give you white skin." Moses prayed for her healing and everything seemed to work out well within the family after that. Too bad, the rest of the Israelites couldn't get along, because they complained all the way to the promised land. But, then again, Jethro didn't go with Moses, did he. Too bad. Moses could have used a little more fatherly advice.