Holy daily devotions blogging commitment! I didn’t quite finish reading the passages, then completely forgot to write anything down here. And it’s the next day.
Well, I can’t afford to get behind, so I am going to finish reading and jot down a few notes. Something’s already caught my attention. In fact, I could write about a number of things, but this passage stands out:
At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses[or “him”] and was about to kill him. 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. So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.) Exodus 4: 24-26 NIV
Believe it or not, when I read that passage, I couldn’t remember being stumped by it before, but it stumps me now!
So I will look it up in two Study Bibles I keep at hand for this express purpose: passages that stump me.
Here’s what I learned –
From the burning bush, God more or less reiterates the covenant he established with Abraham. Evidently, Moses forgot to carry out the covenant sacrament, having his son circumcision – which carries with it a pretty hefty punishment: death. [By the way, it may be that the LORD was after Moses’ son Gershom, not Moses (it’s not clear in the Hebrew).]
Zipporah recognizes this problem and addresses it just in time. What a wife! What a mother!
Zipporah is the daughter of Jethro, the Midianite Priest and a descendant of Abraham. Whether she learned about the covenant from her father or from Moses, she knew immediately what was bothering the LORD and took care of it.
Another interesting few passages I’d never paid much attention to. Now I have.
Now I can go to sleep!
Readings: Exodus 3:1-4:31, Psalm 16:1-6, Proverbs 5:1-6, Matthew 18:1-20. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts.