By Jon Hayden
When Moses was returning to Egypt at God’s direction, he was confronted in a threatening manner. In Exodus 4:24 it states, “Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the Lord met him and sought to put him to death.” Certainly, God could have killed Moses immediately without difficulty. It appears that this was not God's intent.
Apparently, Moses had not circumcised his youngest son. Patriarchs and Prophets page 256 notes that Moses had yielded “to the persuasion of his wife, he had neglected to perform the rite of circumcision on their youngest son. When God had instituted the rite of circumcision with Abraham, any male of Abraham’s household and their descendants who was not circumcised would be “cut of from his people: he has broken My covenant.” Geneses 17:14.
I am sure that Moses and his wife Zipporah must have discussed the circumcision of their sons and although Moses knew that God required it, he did not follow through with his youngest son. This story points out that God expects us to follow His requirements even if our loved ones object. Jesus discussed this in Luke 14:26 where He says that “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”
Do I, do you fail to put God first by not obeying Him? Do we as a congregation fail to put God first? Have we allowed other influences in our lives to cause us to deviate individually and collectively from the Word of God? Certainly, we have, we are and we will do that being the sinners we are, however because of Christ’s victory over Satan, He gives us the power to overcome those influences. I pray that each one of us will search our hearts both individually and collectively to insure that we are right with God.