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God showed me a vision to review Ex 4:24-26. Reading this verse disturbed me without answers until I stumbled open an interesting web site which explained this to me….

Zipporah stubbornness

24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.      


Inn There were no such places then on the way to Egypt, the Hebrew means "place for spending the night.".

Met him This reminds us of the Lord’s encounter with Elijah

Sought to kill him Why? Earlier in the story we read about Moses’ clear call from the Lord ch3. In the preceding verse we just read about the serious consequence awaiting Pharaoh’s disobedience. Behind him were the powers of darkness Satan and the rest of the evil angels. Moses would not be able to claim protection from the faithful angels while neglecting a known divine requirement. His death here in the desert would have been better than at the hands of the enemies of God after warning Pharaoh in Egypt. We might recall that the Lord dealt more directly with Moses than with others.

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.      

Zipporah took She obviously was not pleased with the idea of circumcision and we may assume she had opposed her husband on this matter since the circumcision of Gershom, their older boy and that Moses shrank from further confrontation. Now angry at the Lord and Moses, she took the stone and performed the circumcision on Eliezer.

Sharp stone Flints were apparently used for this purpose. Perhaps she had one for preparing food.

Cast it at his feet Literally "made it touch his feet." So Moses may not have been standing but sick in bed. This could explain why He did not do the circumcision himself.

26  So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

So he let him go  Literally, "And he pulled back from him."

A bloody husband The word for husband here, chathan, is used to refer to a relative of a woman by marriage and may be translated "groom" in this circumstance. Compare the more common word for "husband" or special man, iysh. Zipporah was apparently not awed and repeated her verbal abuse.

The encounter must have developed Moses’ faith and dependence solely on the Lord. Also he would have realized that she was not ready to face the trials that would come in Egypt. It may have been at this point that he sent her back to Midian..

[courtesy http://www.bibleexplained.com]


One Response

  1. WWS,
    I’ve copied below some interesting insights.
    May God give you courage and wisdom as you place your life in His hands,


    On the way from Midian, Moses received a startling and terrible warning of the Lord’s displeasure. An angel appeared to him in a threatening manner, as if he would immediately destroy him. No explanation was given; but Moses remembered that he had disregarded one of God’s requirements; yielding to the persuasion of his wife, he had neglected to perform the rite of circumcision upon their youngest son. He had failed to comply with the condition by which his child could be entitled to the blessings of God’s covenant with Israel; and such a neglect on the part of their chosen leader could not but lessen the force of the divine precepts upon the people. Zipporah, fearing that her husband would be slain, performed the rite herself, and the angel then permitted Moses to pursue his journey. In his mission to Pharaoh, Moses was to be placed in a position of great peril; his life could be preserved only through the protection of holy angels. But while living in neglect of a known duty, he would not be secure; for he could not be shielded by the angels of God.
    In the time of trouble just before the coming of Christ, the righteous will be preserved through the ministration of heavenly angels; but there will be no security for the transgressor of God’s law. Angels cannot then protect those who are disregarding one of the divine precepts.

    —–Original Message—–
    From: WWS
    Sent: Thursday, December 25, 2008 2:21 AM
    To: tedw@andrews.edu
    Subject: hi

    I came across your web site, very remarkable, God showed me yday the verse Ex 4:24-26, I was worried about this until I saw your explanation. Praise God as I am going through a similar trial.

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