24 On the way to Egypt, at a place where Moses and his family had stopped for the night, the Lord confronted him and was about to kill him. 25 But Moses’ wife, Zipporah, took a flint knife and circumcised her son. She touched his feet[a] with the foreskin and said, “Now you are a bridegroom of blood to me.” 26 (When she said “a bridegroom of blood,” she was referring to the circumcision.) After that, the Lord left him alone.
Wait. What? The Lord confronted Moses and was about to kill him?!?
Moses had seen the burning bush.
Moses had heard God’s call to deliver the Israelites from slavery.
Moses had seen evidence of God’s power when his staff turned into a serpent!
And Moses was on his way to Egypt to fulfill his purpose.
But, before he could face Pharaoh and lead his people to freedom, Moses needed to face the failure to lead his family. Even though the terms of the covenant that God made with Israel was hundreds of years old, it still applied to Moses. Before he could deliver the 10 commandments, Moses needed to obey God’s command.
When confronted by the Lord, Moses must have turned to his helpmate in shock and disbelief. But instead of surrendering to fear, Zipporah fulfilled the requirements of the law by submitting to her husband- and his Lord. She literally took the knife into her own hands and circumcised their son!
Then the great I AM fulfilled His first promise: Moses’s brother, Aaron, met him at the mountain of God on the way to Egypt.
From the beginning of creation, God has chosen married men to lead His people to “lands flowing with milk and honey.” But He doesn’t call them to go to Egypt alone. Instead, He makes a helper suitable for their journey. And since He is a loving Father, when His sons fail to lead their family, He confronts them on the way to their purpose, so they can repent and obey.
Has God called you by name?
Has He called you to confront Pharaoh and lead His people to the Promised Land?
Will you trust …and obey Him?
Will you love your wife?
Will you train your children?
Will you take your family with you on the way to Egypt?
If not, God’s promises for your life will be delayed…and you may find yourself wandering around in the desert for 40 years.
Choose this day whom you will serve.
Lead your family.
Lead His people.
And you will see the Promised Land.