At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to kill him. Exodus 4:24 RSV
At the very first Way Point (DEREK – The Way) in Exodus takes me by surprise! Why would YHVH try to kill his servant Moses?
The morning devotion starts in verse 1 of Exodus 4. The LORD has equipped Moses with signs that will be evidence to Pharaoh that he must let Israel go. (verses 1-9). He has an answer for Moses’ fear of speaking (verses 10-17). His father-in-law has released him from his family obligations and given his blessing to Moses to go back to Egypt, YHVH even confirms the mission he is sending Moses on in verses 21-23. So what is it that happens along The Way in verse 24?
When we enter into a covenant relationship, and do not be confused, when you are born again you are in a covenant relationship with God, we agree to live our lives His Way. Moses was a Hebrew. He must have known what his ancestor Abraham knew.
And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. He that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised; every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house, or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, both he that is born in your house and he that is bought with your money, shall be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.” Genesis 17: 9-14 RSV
In this case, YHVH did not hold the child or the mother (who is not Hebrew) accountable to the terms of the covenant. He held Moses accountable for his uncircumcised son. Moses, who was sent to represent YHVH before the most powerful nation on earth is held to the standard of God’s Word in his own life and family.
We say that God is love and that is a true statement. But we also say that God is just and that he honors His Word above his own name. If he holds Moses accountable for how he acts in his own home, you can be sure that he will also hold you accountable to His Word. Maybe not with this much drama, but with just as much justice…. and love. Live your life as a child of God all the time. It makes your ministry so much easier!
A note on circumcision: Our circumcision is of the Heart. Romans 2:29 in context, 1 Corinthians 7:18-20, not of the flesh. Moses is a Hebrew under the covenant of Abraham. I do not speak for those who are Jews by birth but for gentiles who enter covenant with the God of Israel by faith in Y’shua ha Mashiach – Jesus who is the Christ.
End note: from Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament
…he (Moses) went on foot with “the staff of God” with which he was to preform the miracles (verse 17) in his hand. Poor as his outward appearance might be, he had in his hand the staff- before which the pride of Pharaoh and all his might would have to bow…