With God’s assurances and his father-in-law Jethro’s permission, Moses journeys back to Egypt, tells the Israelites that God is about to deliver them from slavery, and has his first encounter with Pharoah. In the actions of Zipporah, Moses’ wife, and in Pharoah’s response to Moses in this passage, we recognize those who, throughout all time, have refused to obey God or identify with His people.
God warned Moses that Pharoah, a type of Satan, will at first refuse to let Israel, whom God calls “My son” go free and will then lose his own firstborn son as a result of his rebellion. Fifteen hundred years later, God gave up His firstborn son, Jesus, to be killed so that we can be delivered from the slavery of sin. Like Moses, believers are commanded to be ambassadors for Jesus, trusting Him when the trials and hardships inevitably come, knowing that God’s plan and His purposes will prevail.