Exodus 4:1,10-11,13-14,24-26,31 Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you.’”… But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”… But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart… At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to put him to death. Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision… And the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.

Moses doubts repeatedly and God quells each of his doubts with miraculous gifts that confound imagination and obviously work in establishing what Moses was sent for to the elders of Israel.

However, the threat to Moses’ life by God Himself is a strange incident and Zipporah’s response seems very crude. What was all that about and what is God’s word for us today?

Each question Moses asked God was not surprising because those are the very questions we ask God daily. We have been given the great commission by Jesus Christ to go out, share the gospel and make disciples of all the nations and like Moses, we doubt and don’t go out on our calling.

I’ve often heard Moses being chided for doubting but this is a reality of our walk with the Lord even today. This does not make Moses better than us or worse but it shows God’s graciousness despite our doubtfulness.

When Moses and his family traveled towards Egypt, he fell sick at a midway point in their journey. The words in scripture read ‘the LORD met him and sought to put him to death’, which seems a bit odd.

Why would God who commissioned Moses to release the Israelites from captivity try to kill Moses? The answer is in Zipporah’s response because she revealed the brokenness in their home.

Moses was called by God and he eventually obeyed but his sons were not circumcised as was required by God of the children of Israel. Obviously Zipporah was aware of the issue and gave in, thereby saving Moses’ life.

This reveals something vital in our walk of faith with God. When God sets us apart for His work, He requires us to step forward 100% and not a finger at a time. He wants us for Himself, not just a part of us or an area of our lives but our entire self.

After Jesus’ resurrection, we do not need to be physically circumcised to become a part of God’s family because Jesus paid the TOTAL price for our sonship/daughter-ship into God’s family and all He requires from us is our total submission to Him.

If you are not in a relationship with Jesus yet, I invite you to call out to Him right now and ask Him to take your all and bless you with His all in return, a gift that will keep giving.

If you are saved by the grace of God, I invite you to re-examine your life in God’s presence to weed out any parts of you that needs to be submitted to Him before you venture out to serve Him.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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Comments
  1. This is a thought provoking post. I am at a stage in my life where my role as a mother has changed a lot. I have one who is all grown up and living in another state, and another who will be graduating and probably starting college this year. I am in much need of wisdom, and guidance about many things. Thank you for sharing this.

    Blessings,

    Theresa

  2. ServantBoy says:

    Hi Theresa,

    Your words about the challenging place you are at speaks volumes of what lies ahead of you. I always disconnected my spiritual walk with Christ from my life because I felt they were not totally connected. As I continue to lean on God for wisdom, I find that He uses His word to speak into our lives and He uses our lives to apply His word. There is no disconnect between the two and we can rest in knowing that He uses our lives to teach us His truths.

    Your situation as a mother of two grown(ing)-up kids is unique in your spiritual walk just as mine is with my 11 going on 12 year old son’s and 3 year old daughter’s lives. At every point in our lives, God is teaching us powerfully and I will keep you in prayer that God continues to give you wisdom to deal with your kids the way He deals with you, to give you peace to know that they are more precious to Him than to you, to give you comfort in knowing that He has your children’s best interest in mind because He created them and knows them and has plans to use them and bless them and that you will be able to praise Him regardless of your situation or challenge because you know that He is overall and His perfect will shall come to pass.

    In Christ,
    Vineet

    • Thank you so much. The prayer is very much appreciated. It really means so much.

      “At every point in our lives, God is teaching us powerfully and I will keep you in prayer that God continues to give you wisdom to deal with your kids the way He deals with you, to give you peace to know that they are more precious to Him than to you, to give you comfort in knowing that He has your children’s best interest in mind because He created them and knows them and has plans to use them and bless them and that you will be able to praise Him regardless of your situation or challenge because you know that He is overall and His perfect will shall come to pass.”

      In the past when friends would share their concerns for their children I would try to encourage them by telling them that the Lord loves and cares for their children even more than they do. I have even told myself that from time to time. The past 3-4 years have had much heartache for me. Countless tears have been shed. I wrote a post titled “Love (Part 1: Love Overcomes) where I shared glimpses from the story about the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4:8-36

      Thank you again for your kind words and even more for the prayer.

      Sincerely,
      Theresa

      • ServantBoy says:

        Hi Theresa,

        I’m getting to reply to comments weeks after I received them and for that I apologize. The busyness of my life seems to have got me into a state of seeking rest and ignoring my basic responsibilities including this.

        I totally relate to your heartache and tears with respect to children not simply because I’m a parent and a child myself but because of circumstances that shake my faith. Knowing God is good and believing it seem to be totally different levels of understanding and that is how it works in this area too.

        I pray that we would go back to the foot of the cross and seek from Jesus the wisdom to respond in such situations rather than resting on what we ‘know’ He would expect us to do.

        In Christ,
        Vineet

        • Vineet,

          “I pray that we would go back to the foot of the cross and seek from Jesus the wisdom to respond in such situations rather than resting on what we ‘know’ He would expect us to do.”

          Thank you so much for your reply…especially those words! I know the Lord was speaking through you…because recently I really have been resting too much just on what “I know” even if what I know did come from Him originally. I need to not neglect those precious vital times of communing with my Lord.

          Thanks again…I needed it. I am going there…to the foot of the cross right now.

          Sincerely,
          Theresa

          Sincerely

  3. Debbie says:

    I love that about walking with Jesus – there is always more to learn, things that need to go from my life, new things that need added. And that we can go to Him and ask for His help with it all . . .floors me. God bless you for inviting us to Jesus today, whether for the first time or as a chance to submit and weed out areas that need it!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,
      This morning, we studied Acts 2 in our Starbucks Bible study group and it was a powerful chapter that spoke amazing truths about God and it was amazing to see how everyone in the group from the pastor to little me were so amazed by God’s word and His revelation to us. The point I am making here is God speaks to His people at every stage of their faith walk powerfully and the same words speak volumes. Salvation is a one-time event but lasts an eternity and all we can do is stand in awe of Him after we are transformed.
      Thank you for standing with me at the foot of the cross praising God and celebrating His awesomeness!
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  4. Ann says:

    Thanks, Vineet.

    Borrowing Theresa’s line… “I am in much need of wisdom, and guidance about many things. Thank you for sharing this.” And what Deb said “there is always more to learn, things that need to go from my life, new things that need added.”

    O wow…

    “When God sets us apart for His work, He requires us to step forward 100% and not a finger at a time. He wants us for Himself, not just a part of us or an area of our lives but our entire self.”
    “not a finger at a time” … I type/write with my fingers. I believe writing is a gift He’s given me. Now you’re making me think … am I 100% where He wants me to be? Have I accomplished His will for my life to date? I am so in need of Your direction, Lord. Please help me to lean fully on You!! Unless I place my all in Your hands, I am so lost!

    Thanks for the poke Vineet. Total submission – nothing less.

    Blessings,
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,

      I love it when all of us echo each other and in the process are tweeting like birds in a chorus about the great God who saves. Your fingers type God’s wisdom for those who are yearning for the truth and the fact that you have submitted to God’s will for your life and dedicate time to study His word and interpret it for the world to see is submission.

      Like Deb said, we will be learning all our human lives from God and the submission process seems ongoing but just being reminded about it is amazing.

      Thank you for blessing me with your thoughts and encouragement and I pray God will continue to bless your ministry of His word and bring many to his saving grace through it.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

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