2019-06-16 - Exodus: God's Providence
The section today is in a sense parenthetical and is autobiographical. It takes up the story of Moses and his family. To get the context we need to go back.
“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” (Exodus 4:24–26 ESV).
We noted, at that time, the one assumption is Zipporah took the children and left him because of her anger. Now the passage tells us Moses sent her away, but this may have simply been in response to her reaction to the circumcision of the children. I still think the separation was probably due to that incident, but I’m not willing to live or die on that position. Now we see that Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brings back the family.
As we go through this new section, let’s think about how the providence of God works, and about its implications on our lives. The other question that arises here relates to understanding what is happening. Is Jethro’s recommendation based on the providence of God or a worldly way of doing things? How can be make sure we are not confusing the two?
Exodus study to be continued.
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