January 12, 2011
Exodus 4:18–31  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.”  Now the LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead.”  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.  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.  Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Israel is My son, My firstborn.  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.” ’ ”  And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the LORD met him and sought to kill him.  Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it at Moses’ feet, and said, “Surely you are a husband of blood to me!”  So He let him go. Then she said, “You are a husband of blood!”—because of the circumcision.  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.  So Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which He had commanded him.  Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel.  And Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses. Then he did the signs in the sight of the people.  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.