In our English speakers Friday night Bible study, we are going through the book of Exodus. Moses was a man sent on mission, and we all feel a little bit of his burden. I emphasize “a little bit” because none of us are really like Moses. Also we hoped that some of our older kids, David and his peers who are around 13, might be interested in joining in the conversation. And so we come tonight to Chapter 4 which then leads us to verses 24-25. And there you read about God wanting to kill Moses, but Zipporah saves his life by circumcising their first born son. It is enigmatic and confusing, and you cannot help but wonder what is being expressed in this message. Really, what is the point and why is it in there. As I looked on the internet for interpretations and explanations I came upon this article Moses, Maximus, and a Bloody Valentine. A few sentences jumped out at me.
A daunting text like Exodus 4:24-26 is a green light for deeper reflection on the spiritual character of the difficult text at hand.
Scripture is accessible enough for children and at the same time complex enough to keep scholars engaged for a lifetime.
It challenged me once again to remember 2 Timothy 3:16 where it states “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” So don’t skip the hard stuff. The harder it is to understand, the more willing we should be to dive in with patience allowing the word of God to reveal itself as we chew on these passages for a lifetime of nourishment. I thank God for his word that is ever new, ever challenging, forever motivating, and always allowing us to hear each day his voice speaking to us.