Saturday, January 31, 2009

Obedience


I don't like to obey.
That has become very clear to me over the years.
I don't like to obey the speed limit.
I don't like to obey the construction flaggers.
And I really have to admit I don't like to obey God.
I admire Abraham, becuase whatever God told him to do, he did as quickly and as completely as he possibly could.
Well, here we find Moses, Exodus chapter 4, with some disobedience in his life.
The story is - that God has appeared to him, and told him to go back to Egypt to confront Pharoah. After a lot of arguing with God, he has gathered up his family and is headed back to Egypt. But on the way back, God meets him and is about to kill him.
What? Doesn't that seem odd?
Here is the text...
24 -26 On the journey back, as they camped for the night, God met Moses and would have killed him but Zipporah took a flint knife and cut off her son's foreskin, and touched Moses' member with it. She said, "Oh! You're a bridegroom of blood to me!" Then God let him go. She used the phrase "bridegroom of blood" because of the circumcision.
Wow! Moses is so much like me. Ready to take on the world in the big things. Easily disobedient in the most basic things. Moses knew full well that the covenant of God with Abraham and all his descendents included circumcision. But he had not circumsized his son.
And God almost killed him over it!
What do you think God's attitude is about our disobedience...

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