God confronted even Moses for not keeping the covenant

Exodus Bible Background

01.23.2016 Old Testament: Exo 4.24–26

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 4–6 on January 23, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord told Moses what to do and what to say, namely, that he would confront Pharaoh, telling him to let Israel, the firstborn of the Lord, go that he might serve the Lord, and that if Pharaoh did not comply, the Lord would kill Pharaoh’s firstborn. Then the Bible says,

And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the Lord met him and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it at Moses’ feet, and said, “Surely you are a husband of blood to me!” So He let him go. Then she said, “You are a husband of blood!”—because of the circumcision (Exodus 4.24–26). 

The Lord made a covenant with Abraham that all the male descendants of Abraham were to be circumcised, and Moses, hence his son, descended from Abraham! However, Mrs. Moses had evidently objected, and when she saw that the Lord would take the life of her son, she performed the circumcision, casting the foreskin at the feet of Moses, showing what he represented to her.

The Lord had selected Moses, nevertheless, he had not kept the covenant with his son, and the Lord had to treat all Israelites the same.

Therefore, we cannot expect the Lord to overlook our faults simply because we have done great things for Him.

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