Last night after finishing my daily Bible reading, I was a bit puzzled by 3 verses. They seemed to be out of place and I don’t think that these verses ever stood out to me before. I decided to investigate these verses a bit more and ended up reading about a dozen different commentaries to help me better understand them.
Exodus 4:24-26 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. (25) Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. (26) So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
I learned so much from these 3 verses. I don’t have time to write down everything, but here are the major points that really hit home with me:
Basically, Moses had been disobedient to the command of the Lord and had not had one of his son’s circumcised. It is implied that he had neglected to do this because his wife, Zipporah, did not think favorably about it. This disobedience was punishable by death, and as Moses and his family journeyed to Egypt they stopped to rest and Moses was met with the anger of the Lord. Zipporah realized the sin and quickly circumcised her son and her husband was restored to her.
Several things really stood out at me. First of all, I am reminded that as a wife, I must be careful about how I influence my husband. I really don’t think that Zipporah was trying to cause Moses to sin against the Lord because of her lack of trust in Moses (I calling it trusting God enough to trust you husband), but she almost lost her husband and she did miss out on seeing God pour out His power through the plagues in Egypt.
Secondly, it was impressed upon me that this occurred before Moses went into Egypt. Moses had an awesome relationship with the Lord and the Lord had raised Moses up as His chosen instrument to deliver Israel out of the Egyptian bondage. Even though Moses was this chosen leader, God is just and would have followed through on His judgment if Moses’ sin of omission had not been quickly corrected. If that had happened, then the Lord would have used someone else in Moses place and he would have missed out on all the wonders and blessings that the Lord had waiting for him.
I need to be just as quick to correct my sinful behavior as well. That is really what repenting is about… change. If I ask the Lord to reveal my sins to me, He will… although, I normally don’t have any problem seeing the area’s in my life where I am quite lacking! I also must guard my heart and tongue when I converse with my husband so that I don’t cause him to stumble. I am to be my husband’s helper, not his hindrance, and I want to be right by his side as he serves the Lord.