Exodus 4:18-31 A study in the life of Moses

18 So Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and said to him, “Please let me go and return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive.”

And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.”

19 Now the Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead.” 20 Then Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

21 And the Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Israel is My son, My firstborn. 23 So I say to you, let My son go that he may serve Me. But if you refuse to let him go, indeed I will kill your son, your firstborn.”’”

24 And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the Lord met him and sought to kill him. 25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it at Moses’[b] feet, and said, “Surely you are a husband of blood to me!” 26 So He let him go. Then she said, “You are a husband of blood!”—because of the circumcision.

27 And the Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went and met him on the mountain of God, and kissed him. 28 So Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord who had sent him, and all the signs which He had commanded him. 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel. 30 And Aaron spoke all the words which the Lordhad spoken to Moses. Then he did the signs in the sight of the people. 31 So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.  Exodus 4:18-31

After Moses meets the Lord on the mountain and the Lord instructs Moses that he is to go to Egypt and confront Pharaoh to lead the people to freedom, Moses returns to his father in law asking him to allow him to go to Egypt.  For Moses during his time in the wilderness had come under the household of Jethro and took Jethro’s daughter as his wife.

The Lord speaks to Moses and tells Him to go to Egypt and those who sought his life when he fled have now died and they are no longer there.  Moses grabs the rod of God and begins his travels to Egypt.  Moses is called by God to confront the leader of the number world power in the world.  Moses time in the wilderness for forty years has prepared him for this moment.

The Lord instructs Moses to do all the wonders that He has enabled Moses to do.  Moses moved in the power of God’s kingdom because of the anointing upon his life.  When ever anyone moves in the power of the supernatural it is because of the anointing that God has placed upon them.  It is the Lord who enables them.  The Lord made it clear that it would be Him who would hardened Pharaoh’s heart so the Lord would be able to display His glory.

The Lord calls Israel His first born son because of the covenant established between God and Abraham.  God also tells Moses to tell Pharaoh that if he will not allow Israel to go that God will kill his first born son.   This would eventually happen because as the wonders of God were poured out in Egypt the heart of Pharaoh was hardened and eventually it led to Pharaoh’s first born and all of Egypt being killed.  Those who do not humble themselves before God stand in opposition to Him.

As Moses is traveling to Egypt the Lord is going to kill him because he has failed to follow the covenant law of God and circumcise his own son.  Moses wife under the direction and wisdom of the Lord, circumcises Moses son and saves the life of Moses.  God gave Israel the covenant of circumcision established through Abraham and there were real consequences for failing to follow and abide by the covenant God established.  The blessing of the Lord is found in obedience.  The curse of the Lord is found in disobedience.

The Lord now speaks to Aaron to go into the wilderness and meet his brother.  Moses shares with Aaron all that the Lord has shared with Moses.  Moses and Aaron gather the elders and the people and display the signs and wonders of the Lord.  The Israelites bow their heads in reverence to the Lord knowing that the Lord has remembered them and heard their cries.  We must remember that Israel has been in bondage for four hundred years and naturally being in bondage that long you would become discouraged and feel as if God has forgotten you.

But God had told this to Abraham long ago (Genesis 15:13).  God is faithful to carry out His word and keep every covenant.  He has never not kept His covenant nor fulfilled the plans and purposes He has established for His people.  God demonstrates time and time again in His word that He is faithful.  We must fix our hearts on Him alone and not our circumstances.  No matter where we find ourselves today, the Lord can change everything in a moment.  As we study God’s word we are transformed and we are changed.  As we examine the life of Moses we shall see the Lord display His glory through Moses and fulfill His promise and purpose with Israel.


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