Go to Pharaoh in the morning…and the staff that turned into a snake you shall take in your hand. And you shall say to him…As long as Moses held onto the staff it remained a dead piece of wood, but the minute he let go it became a frightening snake that caused him to flee. The staff/snake was to remind an intimidated Moses of his relationship with Pharaoh, so explains the Alshikh. As long as Moshe faced Pharaoh and held onto him with no fear, Pharaoh could do him no harm, but the moment he let go and backed and down, his fear would get the better of him. This is the great paradox of overwhelming situations, if we face them we can manage them and it is when we flee that they get the better of us.