GOD REMEMBERS HIS COVENANT
Lord of my life, surprise me today with Your amazing grace and generous mercy.
Read Exodus 4:18–31
Moses Returns to Egypt
18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”
Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
19 Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
21 The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son, 23 and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’”
24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses[a] and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it.[b] “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)
27 The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 Then Moses told Aaron everything the Lord had sent him to say, and also about all the signs he had commanded him to perform.
29 Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, 30 and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, 31 and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.
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ReflectHow has your week been so far? Have you felt the peace and comfort of being God’s beloved child, or has the week been a strain? Pray through some of your feelings now.
How did you find today’s passage? It’s not easy! Why would God seek to put Moses to death (v 24)?
It’s not absolutely clear in the Hebrew to whom the ‘him’ of verse 24 refers. (Could it have been Moses’ son?) Whatever, most commentators agree that these verses stem back to the ‘God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’ (3:16) and his covenant agreement with Abraham. This called for all male babies to be circumcised (Genesis 17:9–14). Moses seems to have failed in his faithfulness to God by not circumcising his sons. He had not obeyed God’s covenant stipulations (v 24). Thankfully, Moses’ wife, Zipporah, steps in (vs 25,26) and, like Aaron (vs 27–30), helps Moses in his service of the Lord.
As Christians, we know that we can’t keep to the Law line by line, and we need Jesus’ saving death to help us be reconciled to God as part of his family. God’s promises are for us through the gift of grace (Galatians 2:15,16).
Do you sometimes fall into believing you are saved through your works and obedience? Reflect on Galatians 4:4–7. Praise God that through the work of his Son, we can know him as ‘Abba, Father’ and receive forgiveness and redemption.
Merciful Father, if there is any sin or disobedience in my life hindering my effectiveness for You, bring it to my awareness. I confess it to You and embrace Your forgiveness.
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