Exodus 4:18-31 – Preparation On The Journey
The rod that Moses had used for many years as the shepherd’s rod and staff was no the “Rod of God” and God showed Moses how to use it. Though Moses ultimately surrenders to the LORD for the large task before him, he is yet not ready to meet the people and God gets him ready.
I. NOTICE AND PREPARATION FOR THE FAMILY IS GIVEN (v. 18).
A. Out of respect and courtesy Moses went to Jethro reporting his leaving.
* 1. He had worked for him for forty years;
* 2. He was married to Jethro’s daughter and had grandsons.
B. The departure was a friendly one.
II. THE LORD’S ASSURANCE THAT ALL WILL BE WELL; CONCERNING HIS WILL (vv. 19-20).
A. Given assurance that those who had sought to kill him was gone.
* 1. To remove any thought of fear that might hinder Moses.
* 2. To know that God does watch over, protect and care for His people.
B. His family going shows his faith that God would meet their physical, material, and spiritual needs.
* 1. Notice it tells us Moses had “sons” (This will have more significance later in the study).
C. We are told once again that “Moses took the rod of God in his hand”.
* 1. This rod is no longer a shepherd’s staff for guiding, correcting and protecting sheep.
* 2. This rod is the Rod of God; for the glory of our LORD.
III. THE LORD GIVES THE WORDS WHICH NEED TO BE SAID (vv. 21-23).
A. The servant/messenger of God need to speak nothing else except that which God gives him to say.
* 1. He needs do nothing more than do what God says do.
* 2. The power to do the signs he is to do is in his hands, and he is to do them before the Pharoah.
B. Preparation for rejection by telling “Pharoah will not let the people go”.
C. Similar messages of rejection have been given;
* 1. To Isaiah the prophet (6:10-11);
* 2. To the prophet Jeremiah (1:17-19).
D. The message in short to Moses and all who will obey, “Preach the Word; Obey the Word; Love the Word”.
IV. RECONFIRMING AND RIGHTING THE COVENANT RELATIONSHIP (vv. 24-26).
A. The covenant of circumcision was given by God to Abraham, for remembrance of putting away sin and evil from the life.
* 1. It shows that just as the cutting away of the physical flesh is a willful act; so too must the cutting/putting away of evil in life be willful.
* 2. There were probably other nations which practiced this ritual, but later in the male’s life; such as before marriage.
B. That since Moses had two sons, then one had been circumcised; one had not.
* 1. The two sons were Gershom (3:21-22; 18:1-6), and Eliezer – the younger.
* 2. The uncircumcised son posed a problem for the ministry of Moses – The covenant was not sure.
C. God struck Moses as a result to take his life, if this thing were not resolved quickly.
* 1. When you realize there is an evil in your life deal with it quickly.
* 2. You may need the aid of your spouse of a loved one to help.
D. It was evidently after this experience that Zipporah took her two sons and returned to Jethro her father; accusing Moses of being a “Bloody husband” (18:1-6).
V. THE PROPHET AND HIS HELPER GO TO THE PEOPLE (vv. 27-31).
A. The prophet prepares his helper with God’s words and God’s signs.
B. They meet on the “Mount of God” where Moses would meet with God again.
C. Moses and Aaron go to Egypt, meet the people, and then go to Pharoah.
* 1. Before the people they spoke the Word of the LORD, and showed them the signs of God.
* 2. The people realized then, after so long, that they had been visited by God.
* 3. They bowed their heads and worshipped.
-Tim A. Blankenship