Can you explain Exodus 4:24-26, where God tried to kill Moses?

Author: BibleAsk Team


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Tammy is asking what is the meaning of Exodus chapter four, verses 24 through 26 where it says the Lord tried to kill Moses, but because of the offering of foreskin from their Son, he let him live. Tammy, that is a very good question, because that is a very OD instance in the Bible and it’s a little bit tricky to understand. And I’m not going to say that I understand it fully and completely perfect, but I will tell you what think based on Scripture, because sometimes God puts things in there and he doesn’t give us all of the details. And you kind of have to dig to kind of get an idea of why did that happen and what is the real meaning. Because everything in the Bible is there’s a meaning behind it, right?

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God’s trying to teach us a spiritual lesson here. And so when you look at Exodus chapter four, this is a very interesting chapter because this is basically where God is telling Moses that you need to go back to Egypt and tell the, you know, Israel is my people. They are like my son, and you need to let them go and you need to let them worship me. And instead of Moses being right on board with God’s plan, moses starts making excuses. And so God starts showing him like, hey, I’m with you, I’ll show you miracles, I won’t leave you

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I’ll give you whatever you need to perform this task that I’m asking you to do. And in verse ten, Moses says that famous line, lord, I’m not eloquent before or since, have you spoken of your servant, but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue, like I stutter or whatever. Moses just kept making all these excuses why he didn’t want to go and do what God was telling him to do. And it says God rebukes him and says in verse eleven, the Lord said to him, who has made man’s mouth, or who makes the mute the deaf singeth blind? Have not I the Lord now therefore go and I’ll be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.

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So God was telling Moses to do something and of course Moses was dragging his feet and making excuses that basically Moses’s heart was not in God’s work at this time, the work that God had called him to do. And in verse 14 it says so the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, isn’t Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak. Well look, he’s going to come up to meet you. God was providing a solution to all of Moses’s excuses.

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So eventually Moses finally goes to Egypt and verse 18, you see that? So Moses went and returned to Jethro’s father in law and said him, please let me go and return to my brethren who are in Egypt to see whether they are still alive. So he’s kind of not being fully honest, exactly why he’s going back to.

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So his father says, go return to Egypt for all the men you saw in your life are know all the people that used to or God had know. Go return to Egypt for all the men that sought your life are dead. So basically Moses, I think he probably was scared because if you look in Exodus chapter two in verse eleven, moses actually murders an Egyptian taskmaster that was beating up one of his fellow Hebrews. And basically that’s what caused Moses to run away in the first place was that the Pharaoh caught word of it and was like, we got to get rid of Moses. He’s siding with his people.

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He’s not with us Egyptians. He’s actually now killing our people. So that’s why what caused Moses to run away. But Moses was not being faithful to God and that he was willing to do whatever God said. Again, Moses was dragging his feet and not doing what God has called him to do.

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So here we get to verse 21 in Exodus chapter four. And it says, the Lord said to Moses, when you go back to Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. Then you shall say to Pharaoh, thus says the Lord, Israel is my son, my firstborn. So I say to you, let my son go that he may serve me, but if you refuse to let him go, indeed I will kill your son, your first born.

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Basically God was saying, Pharaoh, if you don’t listen to me, eventually all the firstborn, your firstborn will be lost. And that’s what happened in the 10th plague on Egypt. But we see basically in this story in verse 24 and it came to pass on the way at the encampment that the Lord met him and sought to kill him. So there was a reason why basically judgment, swift judgment was needed upon Moses. Moses was refusing to do something God called him to do.

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And God says that the sin of disobedience or rebellion is as a sin of witchcraft. And so basically there was definitely a reason know, Moses needed discipline. And so do I think God was going to kill off Moses? I don’t think that was his intent. I think he needed to see though, how serious it was that Moses had to obey the word of God.

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And so then his wife Sappor in verse 25 took a sharpstone and cut off the foreskin of his son and cast it at Moses feet and said, surely you’re a husband of blood to me. And so he said, Let him go. Then she said, you’re a husband of blood because of the circumcision. So basically the wife was like, Moses, you’re not obeying God. You need to just do this.

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And so she ends up doing it. So, you know, she ends up doing the circumcision. I don’t know if Moses didn’t want to do the circumcision because he was scared of possibly hurting or killing his child, because he had been a murderer in his past, like we saw in Exodus chapter two, or what his hesitation or reservation was, but he needed to act in faith, obeying God’s word. And so that’s why we see a judgment being sentenced upon Moses, because there was definitely something he was not obeying God in, which is why his wife stepped in, as I’m going to say, an intercessor, but basically somebody to come in and just do to show him like, hey, this is what needed to be done. And obviously she didn’t like this.

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She didn’t understand it. I think she just did it because she knew it needed to be done. I don’t think she really understood the concept of circumcision, which is why she’s like your husband of blood. And now I have to do this weird task of circumcision, which Moses himself should have done. But again, I think this story is in there to just show the seriousness of what God was calling Moses to do and the seriousness of disobeying God’s voice.

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And that the Bible does say in Romans 623, for the wages of sin is death. And if we sin, if we disobey God, our ultimate wage or our ultimate consequence will be death. It’ll be the second death where we will not ever be resurrected. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. And so God desperately wanted Moses to choose the right way, but he wasn’t going to force him.

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And so, ultimately, Moses was about to bring a consequence, a very serious consequence, upon himself if he hadn’t done what God called him to do. But I think the Lord was merciful in that, giving him a good wife who would obey and just did what God was asking whether or not it was uncomfortable. It might have not been what she wanted to do. It might not be what you feel like. But when God calls you to do something, you do it because you are in obedience to the Lord.

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And I think that’s really the principle that God is trying to show us here in this story is true obedience. And again, it’s not about what we like. It’s not about what’s comfortable, it’s not what feels good. It’s about doing what God calls us to do. And Jesus says in John 1415 if you love me, keep my commandments.

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If you say we can call ourselves Christians and that we love God all day and all night. But if we don’t do what God calls us to do, and we choose our own way, we are not in harmony with his will. We will not be saved. We will be lost. Because we have to do what God is calling us to do on an individual basis.

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So I hope that answers your question. I just pray you continue to study God’s word and be blessed.

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