After an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush appeared to Moses in the wilderness of mount Sinai, Moses returned to Jethro his father-in-law. Forty years have passed since Moses came to Jethro in Midian. (Acts 7:30)
Moses (to Jethro): Let me go and return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see whether they are yet alive.
Jethro (to Moses): Go in peace.
The Lord (to Moses in Midian): Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead who sought your life.
And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them on a donkey. And Moses returned to the land of Egypt with the rod of God in his hand.
The Lord: When you return into Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in your hand. But I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. And you shall say to Pharaoh, the Lord said, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say to you, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if you refuse to let him go, I will slay your son, even your firstborn.
On the Way
In an inn, the Lord met Moses 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.
Zipporah: Surely a bloody husband you are to me.
She said this because of the circumcision.
So God let Moses go.
Pulpit Commentary says of this passage:
Moses was seized with a sudden and dangerous illness, which he rightly regarded, as a God-inflicted punishment, sent to chastise his sin of not circumcising his son. Zipporah understood the matter in the same way; and, as her husband was too ill to perform the rite, she herself with her own hand cut off her boy’s foreskin, and, still indignant at what she had been forced to do, cast it at her husband’s feet, with the reproach – “Surely a bloody husband you are to me.” Once the rite was performed, however reluctantly, God’s anger was appeased. He allowed Moses to recover his health and to pursue his journey.
The Lord (to Aaron): Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.
And Aaron went, and met Moses in the mount of God, and kissed him.
And Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.
And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel: And Aaron spake all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people. And 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 worshipped.