Technically we should be talking about Genesis chapter 2 now but I had a really good conversation with a really good friend at work today about weiners.
She had been reading in Exodus chapter 4 and was thoroughly confused about verses 24 & 25.
Context: Moses escaped the Egyptians he was raised by after killing one to defend an Israelite. He spends years and years in the wilderness, talks to a burning bush that isn’t burning that is also God, is told he must return to Egypt by himself and set the hundreds of thousands of enslaved Israelites free. When he says he can’t do it God gives him a stick snake and tells him to grow a pair (<—– this reference to male genitalia is purposeful on my part as the next part of the story is about circumcision. I called that “foreskinshadowing”……. get it!?) So Moses packs up and heads back toward Egypt with his wife and boy (some scholars believe boys, more than one)
Everything is fine and on the way God is talking to Moses and prepping him, telling him all the things he needs to do specifically to Pharaoh and the Egyptians in verses 22 & 23.
Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, in verse 24, we run face first into one of the most perplexing verses in the Bible.
Verse 24: “And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him (Moses), and sought to kill him (Moses).”
Verse 25: “Then Zipporah (Moses’ wife) took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.”
And then God’s anger goes away and he basically says okay we’re good now lets go kill us some Egyptians.
What. The. Hell…. amiright?
Well I did some research and had a really good conversation about what in the actual hell this story could actually mean and why it might actually be very significant and somehow applicable to us in our lives today.
Its actually pretty intense. These verses are just the tip of it … pun intended.
But…. we aren’t there yet. So stay tuned and we’ll eventually get to Exodus. But right now, lets get back to Adam and Eve.