Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Why did God want to kill Moses?

There is an interesting scripture In Exodus that says:

Exo 4:24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

The "him" here is none other than the prophet Moses! Incredible! God, who had chosen this same man to be a deliverer to His nation, seeks to kill him before the mission even gets started...


It is not a difficult answer. God had commanded the Israelites to circumcise all of their male children as a sign of His covenant with them. His wife seemed to offer some resistance to this directive of God. She, afterall, was not an Israelite, but an Ethiopian, and this probably seemed unnecessary to her.

We can not totally blame her. Moses should have stood up and said "This is what God said to do, and we will do it!" But what we should do, and what we do, aren't always the same thing, even for this great man Moses.

Maybe he said "It's just not worth the fight..."
Or maybe his wife had truly convinced him that it was "just a small, unimportant matter....it doesn't really matter..."

But it did to God...

God, who had chosen Moses to be the deliverer, was going to kill Moses, because he refused to surrender and do what God had said...

The one thing that he didn't do...the one point that he didn't surrender to God on, almost cost him his life!

How true even today. The thing that we won't surrender, will cost us our spiritual life, our relationship with God, perhaps our eternity...

Thankfully, we see Zipporah and Moses finally giving in and circumcising their boy, and Moses going on to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.

May all make that wise choice and surrender to God.

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