One of our questions was how Moses prepared for the trip back to Egypt. On the surface, this looks like a very simple question. But, it actually is much deeper. At first blush we think, Moses packed up and left. But that isn’t the case.
First, let’s compare to Moses and Jacob and their return from running away from home in fear of their lives. Jacob was away from home for 20 years and he returns with wives and children and donkeys and servants and flocks and gifts. Moses is gone for 40 years and returns with a donkey, a wife, 2 sons and a stick.
But their purpose in returning was very different. Jacob was returning to make a home. Moses was returning to lead the people out. Moses didn’t pack up. He just left. He took himself and his family and submitted to God and put his future in God’s hands.
But as important as what Moses didn’t take, let’s look at what he did drag along on the trip. Moses had a burning bush moment. He was called by God, by name, and given a specific commandment, “Go.” He went, but he brought along un-repented and un-corrected sin. Moses knew the commandment that all male son’s of Abraham were to be circumcised as a covenant to God. Moses’ sons were clearly sons of Abraham, both their father and mother descended from Abraham. Evidently one of Moses’ sons had been circumcised, so ignorance or lack of ability could not be argued either. Simply, Moses had decided not to give one of his sons to God. He had held him away from God, not giving God what was His.
Some commentators will lay the blame on Moses’ wife. And the fact of the matter is that there is simply not enough information in these verses to draw firm conclusions. But I don’t think this was Zipporah’s issue. It doesn’t same God set out to kill Zipporah. God’s anger was at Moses.
Moses received a calling and gave all the outward signs that he was putting his full faith and obedience in God, but he wasn’t. He was still carrying with him this un-corrected sin, this act of rebellion against God.
Zipporah, Moses’ wife, saw what was happening and took the initiative to remove the uninvited guest on the journey, this un-corrected sin. She took the physical embodiment of this rebellion and placed it under Moses’ heel. Through the blood of her son she renewed her marriage vow to Moses and saved him from God’s wrath.
If you are a christian you have been called. When God invited you to accept Jesus in your heart, you, too, had a burning bush moment, an encounter with God. If you have accepted that gift and you accept to walk with God and trust in Him and obey Him then you, too, need to dump the baggage of un-repented and un-corrected sin. God does not expect us to be perfect (yet), but he does expect us to cut ties with our old ways.
What do you need to remove from your journey with God? Sinful pictures, inappropriate media, connections with sinful friends, bad language? What do you need to throw out, erase, crush, or burn? What are you dragging along that should have been left behind?
If you don’t know what those things might be, then ask someone who loves you. The baggage that we carry and try to hide is normally very evident to those who love us and love God. Will it be pleasant or easy? Maybe not. But if you continue to walk with God there will be a time that God demands it go or you go. God is not in the business of caring for your un-repented and un-corrected sin. He is in the business of caring for you.
And when you do let it go, look at what happens. We find the amazing answer in 3 words in Exodus 4:31. Moses and Aaron told and showed all that they were commanded to do to the elders of Israel. Moses and Aaron obeyed God by showing these things to the elders, “AND THEY BELIEVED.” Don’t miss that. When do you think the last time was that the elders of Israel believed? “They bowed down and worshiped God.” These are men who may not have fully believed their entire lives. Moses was 80. When he was born they were already in horrible bondage. But in one day, in one conveyance of the word of God and the hope it brings, “they believed.”
Sought approval of Jethro. Took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey took the staff of God in his hand and started back to Egypt
‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son, 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.’”
Failed to circumcise his son
Zipporah, his wife
What un-corrected sin do I still carry even after all these years of being called to follow Christ?
He was obedient and brave. This was a man who was a slave and left Egypt to meet with Moses. Slaves don’t just up and leave.
Moses told Aaron EVERYTHING. They together brought the elders together and told them EVERYTHING the Lord had said and performed the signs. “AND THEY BELIEVED”