01/31/2018 — Exodus Chapters 4-6
So many events to discuss in these chapters that we could spend weeks! But I wanted to focus on an event that perplexed me on first reading. Exodus 4:24-26 states:
24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)
What puzzled me — after all of His instructions to Moses why was the Lord about to kill him? I read several commentaries on these verses.
Based on the reality that Mose’s wife Zipporah lived in a pagan culture (her father was even a pagan priest) the one I feel that is most acceptable is by James Burton Coffman: It is by far the prevailing opinion among scholars that all that could be meant by this is that God had sent an especially dangerous illness upon Moses as punishment for his neglected circumcision of one of his sons. As most suppose, Moses, out of deference to the wishes of Zipporah had neglected circumcising Eliezer. As Jamieson noted, “To dishonor that sign and seal of the covenant was criminal in any Hebrew, especially in one called to be the leader and deliverer of the nation
It is obvious that the Lord intended the leader of the people to comply fully with His law & that there were no excuses for not doing so.