Moses Returns to Egypt

Bible Study Lessons — Exodus 4:18-31

Moses holds on to his staff for comfort and assurance from God as he and Aaron make the trek back to Egypt.

The lesson today from the Book of Exodus is about God’s direction and security – for Christians too.

Yes, Moses was afraid to go to Egypt – but he went.

This passage shows us that we too can use God’s staff to reassure us in times of challenges.

Read about how Moses gathers his courage with God’s help and returns to Egypt – leading to the great Exodus of Israel.

God Commands Moses to Return to Egypt

Then Moses departed and returned to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Please, let me go, that I may return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see if they are still alive.”

And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.”

Now the Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.”

So Moses took his wife and his sons and mounted them on a donkey, and returned to the land of Egypt. Moses also took the staff of God in his hand.

The Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; 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 said to you, ‘Let My son go that he may serve Me’; but you have refused to let him go.

Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.”’” – Exodus 4:18-23 NASB

Not Quite the “Ten Commandments” Movie Version

While growing up, my daughter watched the movie; “The Ten Commandments” starring Charleton Heston so many times she nearly wore out the tape (back in the days of VHS).

So, I’ve memorized many parts of the movie but don’t remember seeing much about the verses mentioned in this lesson.

The Staff of Moses

Moses’ staff represented the challenge he faced and the power of God which gave him a feeling of security in facing this insurmountable task.

He was just as afraid as we would be if asked to face an oppressive government or to fight in a war.

God had promised that the staff would perform miracles so Moses used it to assure himself that God was walking with him to Egypt.

Our “Security Blanket”

Christians have the assurance of Jesus Christ and the inward gift of the Holy Spirit to guide them in times of trouble or needs. Don’t discount the power of God when facing hardship.

Ordinary People – But With God ..

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”1414380488″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”bobpardphot-20″ width=”111″]Moses was just an ordinary man commanded by God to do extraordinary things.

Was he up to the task of facing Pharaoh? Are we?

God may just place a staff in our hands today to face a challenge – or to change the world.


Love in Christ

– Bob

If you would like to discover how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 for more information.

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