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Friday, October 5, 2018

“God’s Failure””

Exodus 4:18-31

Moses is now prepared to return to Egypt.  He has been told that all those who were seeking his life are dead.  Moses gets the blessing of his father in law.  He is ready to return with his wife and his son, Gershom.  God then speaks to Moses again.  God has a detailed plan.  He will lock Pharaoh into his own pride and stubbornness.  This is God’s judgment on him for his harsh treatment of the Israelites.  God’s judgment will include the death of the first born sons of Egypt in payment for the Egyptians’ having murdered the Hebrew children (Ex. 1:22).  God then has a definite purpose.

However before this can all take place Moses will need to learn a lesson in obedience.  It seems clear that Moses has not circumcised his son according to God’s ordinance given to Abraham.  The odd statement that the Lord tried to kill Moses probably refers to a deadly sickness placed on him for his disobedience (this will also be a factor later in Moses’ life).   Moses’ living in Midian may have led him to think that God’s requirement of circumcision did not apply in a foreign country.  This however is not the case.  Moses’ wife, Zipporah understands what is at stake and proceeds to circumcise their son.  This then leads to Moses’ healing.

The important lesson in this story is that we cannot serve God partially.  If there is an area of our life in which we are being disobedient to the Lord that will have to be corrected if we are to serve him faithfully and effectively.  God’s commands apply in all areas of life.  We are not called to be perfect.  Yet we cannot maintain a position of willful disobedience and still be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Moses ignoring the circumcision of his son had to be addressed.

Moses now is confirmed in God’s service.  He meets up with his brother Aaron and the two of them prepare for the greatest undertaking of their lives.  This is nothing less than demanding the freedom of the Israelite slaves.

Eternal and merciful God may I be prepared to serve you in whatever capacity you have called me.  Take away any willful areas of disobedience in my life.  May I obey you faithfully and joyfully.  I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.