After my emotional response to Exodus 4 a couple of days ago, I felt it necessary to bring back a little levity to the story. The great part is that Exodus 4 is NOT a funny chapter. At all.
I Threw It On The GROUND!
If you want the next section to make any sense at all, please watch this video,
What would it have been like for Moses to walk the streets of Egypt trying to convince his fellow Hebrews that he had been sent from God? Well, I may have an idea:
I was walking through the Egyptian streets.
And a man walks up to me and tries to throw me in the latest brick making pit.
“Work harder, build faster!”
Maaaaan, I’m not going to let you enslave me!
I took my staff, and THREW IT ON THE GROUND!
It turned into a snake!
I ain’t gonna be part of yo’ system!
Later on I’m hangin’ with the”so-called elders”
They wanna see a sign to prove I’m from God.
You don’t believe me yet?! Fine!
I took some water and THREW IT ON THE GROUND!
And it turned into blood!
I ain’t gonna be part of your system!
I’m an Aduuuuuuuuuuuuuult!
So Moses and his family are headed back to Egypt. And then this thing happens.
On the way, at a place where they spent the night, the Lord met him and tried to kill him. But Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin, and touched Moses’ feet with it, and said, ‘Truly you are a bridegroom of blood to me!’ So he let him alone. It was then she said, ‘A bridegroom of blood by circumcision.’
If that isn’t the craziest thing you have read all day then I am terrified of your summer reading list! This is one of those passages I wish would just go away because it makes no sense.
Until I consulted my trusty Old Testament background commentary!
Apparently Moses must still have some guilt from offing that Egyptian slave driver. He was hiding from it in Midian but now it has come back to haunt him. God did make it clear back in Genesis 9 that if you kill another human you ought to be killed. He is making good on his words.
But Zipporah comes through in the clutch! (another amazing woman of Exodus!)
In what is certainly a foreshadow of the passover, she snatches a knife, circumcises her son, and then smears the blood on Moses’ “feet.” I’m gonna go ahead and guess that “feet” is a euphemism for a certain New York Congressman.
And for her “Fantastic Foreskin Flaying” I award her the prestigious AAA. Congratulations!
Hmmm, the blood of the firstborn holds off death. Pretty sure we’ll never see that happen again!
Comments Question: What is the strangest pop culture reference you’ve thought of while reading the Bible?