I. A VISIT TO GRANDPA
A. Why Did They Go To Grandpa?
Exodus 18:1 When Jethro [Reuel in 2:18], the priest of Midian, Moses’ father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt;
Exodus 18:2 Then Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back,
Exodus 18:3a And her two sons…
We don’t know exactly when Moses sent his wife and children back; they did go to Egypt (4:20), but whether he sent them back before the plagues, during, or perhaps while they were journeying south after leaving Egypt, we aren’t told.
Why did he send her back? Was he afraid she would get hurt? What would that say about his faith, not to mention his leadership?
Did Moses and Zipporah have a falling out, perhaps after the circumcision issue in 4:24-26, that led to a separation?