Exodus 4:24-31 ESV
24 At a lodging place on the way the Lord met him and sought to put him to death. 25 Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” 26 So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.
27 The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord with which he had sent him to speak, and all the signs that he had commanded him to do. 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel. 30 Aaron spoke all the words that the Lord had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. 31 And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.
The Power of Example
It wasn’t suddenly, and we don’t know exactly why. We do know a few things about why God was dealing strongly with Moses. We can use surrounding passages to put this in context.
1. Moses was to be the spiritual leader of the people by being the example for them to follow. In his disregard of a command by God, he was not being a good example.
2. Circumcision was a sacred command by God to be employed on the people, His people. It was sacred and what separated His people both physically and spiritually from the surrounding Peoples.
3. Moses was possibly neglecting to perform this on his son, because:
a. from outside pressure, the Midianites.
b. from his wife (Zipporah) pressuring him not to because she despised it (which is proved by calling Moses the ‘Bridegroom of blood’), she performed it, but unwillingly and begrudgingly.
4. God takes this job (being the leader of his people) of serious importance, there are always consequences for disobeying God’s commands. Especially, when you are leading them away from the command and into rebellion.
5. You willingly chose to be the leader, so you accept the consequences of your actions. If he was going to go and free the Children of Israel he was going to need to be upright in moral character and the example of the people. We see later, Moses had difficulty in following God’s commands, and in a way is responsible for some of the downfalls of The Children of Israel. As the proof, Moses only got to see the Promised Land and never got to partake in it.
There is much more that can be said on this subject, it is one of the “hard sayings” in the Bible. I can flesh this out (pun) during the week for you and write something more comprehensive by next Saturday.
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