Moses’ plan to return to Egypt was nothing clandestine. He went directly to Jethro, his father-in-law to state his intention. And as the Lord would have it, the man put no stumbling block in the way of his son-in-law. He gave Moses his blessing, “Go in peace. “
Another stumbling block had been removed for God said to Moses, “all those who were seeking your life are dead.” The coast was clear.
Sometimes, when things seem to fall in place and everything runs smoothly, we may take this as a sign that God is making a way, as was happening for Moses. But sometimes too, no sooner than we experience a break in misfortune or animosity, something else steps in to make us doubt again.
God had certainly given Moses the assurance that he would continue to empower him- “When you go back to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders that I have put in your power.”
And the next thing God tells him is that He would deliberately harden Pharaoh’s heart, thereby frustrating Moses’ task for some time.
And what I understand least of all is the bit about the Lord trying to kill him during the night as they journeyed towards Egypt. But for Zipporah’s intervention, it seems, Moses would have been killed. We know that he was to be a key player in God’s plan, so that would not have happened.
So, what then is the purpose of this incident- about Zipporah taking a flint and circumcising their son and touching Moses’ feet with her son’s foreskin? I had actually not grasped this little bit until recently when one of my preachers in training brought it to my attention- this clumsy little detail. “A bridegroom of blood by circumcision” is something I need to understand a little more.
However, here is another stumbling block removed. God wills a way, or many ways. Indeed, the Lord will make a way.
Then there was God’s provision of Aaron, as had been promised. But let s not forget that Aaron was not around when Moses encountered God at the burning bush. The Lord had to send Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.”
And when the twosome encountered the people whom Moses was sent to deliver, the people believed. They believed that God had seen their misery, heard their cry and sent them help. And they bowed down and worshipped.
If that was the end of whatever little tests Moses encountered along the way back to Egypt, then the end was certainly better.
God does make a way. Sometimes the course runs smoothly. Sometimes there are issues to be dealt with, situations to navigate; but God comes through always when God gives directions.
Where he leads me, may I follow now and always. Amen.