Exodus 4:1,10-11,13-14,24-26,31 Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you.’”... But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”... But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart... At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to put him to death. 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!” So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision... 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.
Moses doubts repeatedly and God quells each of his doubts with miraculous gifts that confound imagination and obviously work in establishing what Moses was sent for to the elders of Israel.
However, the threat to Moses' life by God Himself is a strange incident and Zipporah's response seems very crude. What was all that about and what is God's word for us today?
Each question Moses asked God was not surprising because those are the very questions we ask God daily. We have been given the great commission by Jesus Christ to go out, share the gospel and make disciples of all the nations and like Moses, we doubt and don't go out on our calling.
I've often heard Moses being chided for doubting but this is a reality of our walk with the Lord even today. This does not make Moses better than us or worse but it shows God's graciousness despite our doubtfulness.
When Moses and his family traveled towards Egypt, he fell sick at a midway point in their journey. The words in scripture read 'the LORD met him and sought to put him to death', which seems a bit odd.
Why would God who commissioned Moses to release the Israelites from captivity try to kill Moses? The answer is in Zipporah's response because she revealed the brokenness in their home.
Moses was called by God and he eventually obeyed but his sons were not circumcised as was required by God of the children of Israel. Obviously Zipporah was aware of the issue and gave in, thereby saving Moses' life.
This reveals something vital in our walk of faith with God. When God sets us apart for His work, He requires us to step forward 100% and not a finger at a time. He wants us for Himself, not just a part of us or an area of our lives but our entire self.
After Jesus' resurrection, we do not need to be physically circumcised to be a part of God's family because Jesus paid the TOTAL price for our sonship/daughter-ship into God's family and all He requires from us is our total submission to Him.
If you are not in a relationship with Jesus yet, I invite you to call out to Him right now and ask Him to take your all and bless you with His all in return, a gift that will keep giving.
If you are saved by the grace of God, I invite you to re-examine your life in God's presence to weed out any parts of you that needs to be submitted to Him before you venture out to serve Him.
In His Loving Service,
Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV) And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
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