“But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it. 18Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”
Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
19 Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
Moses’ brother is on the way, glad to see his brother. In this, God has met Moses need and he is able to say “Yes, Lord.”
This time Moses is listening to the instructions of the Lord. Take the staff in your hand for I will be performing miracles with it. It is also interesting that in this whole conversation with Moses that God never told him until this point that those who wanted to kill him were dead. I believe it so Moses could determine in his heart to trust God No Matter What.
No Matter What has to be the condition of our hearts to remain steadfast and unmovable for you can expect the enemy to make his presence known when you are in the service of the Lord. As we well know, those that wanted Moses dead were dead but the enemy would work hard through Pharaoh and even sometimes the hearts of the people Moses was to deliver.
It takes faith as the Lord has told us in Hebrews 11. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.” and Moses is listed in this number. “6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.“
Also, note that Moses didn’t just leave his father-in-law but he went and spoke with him, shared his heart, and asked permission to return to Egypt with his wife and sons. This is the Word we are taught in 1 Corinthians 14:40, “But everything must be done in a proper and orderly manner.”
Verse 20 lets us know that Moses has grown in his obedience.
The staff is not tied to a donkey but in his hand. 🙂
NMW, YES LORD!