Moses Returns to Egypt
18 Moses went to his father-in-law Jethro and asked, “Please let me return to Egypt to see if any of my people are still alive.”
“All right,” Jethro replied. “I hope all goes well.”
19 But even before this, the Lord had told Moses, “Leave the land of Midian and return to Egypt. Everyone who wanted to kill you is dead.”
20 So Moses put his wife and sons on donkeys and headed for Egypt, holding the walking stick that had the power of God.
21 On the way the Lord said to Moses:
When you get to Egypt, go to the king and work the miracles I have shown you. But I will make him so stubborn that he will refuse to let my people go.
Then tell him that I have said, “Israel is my first-born son,
and I commanded you to release him, so he could worship me. But you refused, and now I will kill your first-born son.”
Zipporah's Son Is Circumcised
One night while Moses was in camp, the Lord
was about to kill him.
o 4.25 Zipporah: The wife of Moses (see 2.16-21).
circumcised her son with a flint knife. She touched his
p 4.25 his: Either Moses or the boy.
legs with the skin she had cut off and said, “My dear son, this blood will protect you.”
q 4.25 My dear son ... you: Or “My dear husband, you are a man of blood” (meaning Moses).
So the Lord
did not harm Moses. Then Zipporah said, “Yes, my dear, you are safe because of this circumcision.”
r 4.26 you are ... circumcision: Or “you are a man of blood.”
Aaron Is Sent To Meet Moses
sent Aaron to meet Moses in the desert. So Aaron met Moses at Mount Sinai
s 4.27 Mount Sinai: Hebrew “the mountain of God.”
and greeted him with a kiss.
Moses told Aaron what God had sent him to say; he also told him about the miracles God had given him the power to perform.
29 Later they brought together the leaders of Israel,
30 and Aaron told them what the Lord had sent Moses to say. Then Moses worked the miracles for the people,
31 and everyone believed. They bowed down and worshiped the Lord because they knew that he had seen their suffering and was going to help them.