Moses had been specially groomed by God for eighty years for this mission, and now the time for action had come. Easy-to-Read Version But Zipporah took a flint knife and circumcised her son. Here, perhaps we can allow the New Testament use of this theme to shed some light on the Old Testament passage, since the New Testament tends to develop and apply Old Testament ideas. Rather, they are baptized into the people of God. If the significance of this scene is to indeed reiterate the importance of the circumcision covenant, I think it odd that it was placed at this particular time in the story. Zipporah, Midian priestess that she is , somehow knows that circumcision will save her family.
The tabernacle was the visible pledge in those days of God's protection and kingship over his called out people. Here however it is used in the sense of a bridegroom secured to his wife by the circumcision of his son. If God sought to kill Moses for his sin of murder, as some scholars speculate, there is nothing about circumcision that atones for sin. They are all damning, not all alike damning. Zipporah intervenes, takes a flint knife, circumcises Gershom, and then apparently touches Moses' genitals with it.
The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah: First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version. You cannot go to heaven with sin, and if Uzzah's life was taken, God must have known that he would not repent or else he would not have taken it. The Hebrew word for father-in-law ḥōtēn reflects the same. Thus in verse 25, Zipporah circumcises her son as Moses holds him still. . They are God's desperate cry for them to come back to Him so that they will not suffer by their own hands. He has left the burning bush as well as his father in-law and is on his way to Egypt to do God's will.
Later, Zipporah had another son named Exodus 18:4. So she hastily performs the ceremony on her son ouch. The demon departs when the 8th bridegroom dumps some stinky fish innards into the incense. God is long-suffering, patient, and merciful. If, as I imagine, the male infant is brought into relationship with God just after birth, the question begs to be answered, when and how is the Jewish female brought into relationship with God? It is obvious that it was a willful decision because the Lord found him guilty of disobedience. As a result, she was not present for the Exodus.
During these preparations God appeared to him in Midian, and encouraged him to return, by informing him that all the men who had sought his life, i. Approach the text as if you are reading it for the first time. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son,. Instead of preparing a suitable place for its reception, they permitted it to remain in the harvest field. In seventh century Arabia, a new tradition was emerging that was influenced by these traditions, and which would influence their mutual development in the rich centuries to come. The fact that Zipporah places the foreskin on his Moses feet shows that the foreskin is handed over to him Moses or accounted as benefit to him ie is at his disposal.
Many non-Hebrews who have never seen circumcision might find the procedure utterly strange, inhumane, and disgusting. But the word may be rendered, a sharp knife. Why didn't God wait until they were alone in their tent and make a huge scene out of it to really emphasize the importance of circumcision? Also, what exactly happened to Zipporah after this? American Standard Version Then Zipporah took a flint, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet; and she said, Surely a bridegroom of blood art thou to me. God sends Moses to Egypt; but in the midst of his journey, we're reminded of the circumcision covenant? They were regarded as more pure than metal knives. The Bible states that while Moses was in Midian God told him to go back Exodus 4:19.
But neither was she of so humble a temper, nor at this time in so mild a frame, as to put herself into such a lowly posture to her husband; nor was she likely to present her humble supplication to him, to whom at the same time she showed such scorn and indignation. In this ceremony a heifer, goat, and ram are butchered and their parts laid out in a symmetrical fashion with an aisle down the middle. If Uzzah's life was taken, it was a serious offense and sin. God knew about the situation and gave him time to repent. That helps us understand the importance of circumcision, but does not really address God's intent to kill Moses. His name is mentioned in the Bible over 750 times! Moses finally gives in and accepts God's call to go to Egypt and lead forth the Israelites from bondage. But the problem is that these supplied names are incorrect.
Abraham was likely his grandfather or great grandfather. As Abraham was before these laws his conduct would not necessarily be judged by the letter of them. The exodus out of Egypt begins with a prequel journey. Of course, this doesn't answer all our questions. But they were not faithfully obeying His law; and while they rejoiced at the return of the ark as a harbinger of good, they had no true sense of its sacredness. This interpretation also makes sense narratologically because the previous verse speaks of God promising to kill Pharaoh's firstborn son.
God had instructed his messenger to warn pharaoh to free Israel or pharaoh would lose his firstborn son Exodus 4:21-24. Look at this blood and look at your guilt because of this circumcision! Each one can teach us what that means today. Other shepherds arrived and drove the girls away so they could water their own flocks first. After all the men in Egypt who had sought his death had died, God commanded Moses to return to Egypt. 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. God will not protect those who willingly put themselves in harm's way because they put themselves out of God's reach by living in sin.
The text is not clear. Zipporah may have been likely, she was loathe to perform the surgery on her son. An angel appeared to him in a threatening manner, as if he would immediately destroy him. You are not required to agree with the criteria, but you are required to follow them if you wish to participate. Maybe he wants you to start doing something that glorifies him. This assuaged God's wrath and spared Moses's life. To whom is Zipporah speaking? How did God try to kill him? Zipporah, being a woman, probably did not have enough strength to completely keep still a grown boy.