God Wanted To Kill Moses?

That’s what the text says! Exodus 4:24 says, “At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and wanted to put him to death.” This occurs after the LORD appears to Moses in the burning bush {ch.3} and gives him miraculous signs to demonstrate his commission by the LORD to lead the people out of Egypt {ch.4}. So why did God seek to kill Moses right after his commission to be the leader of the Isrealites out of Egypt? There are several views out there, but I will give you my thoughts. It appears that the LORD was going to kill Moses because, as a representative son of Abraham, he had not circumcised his own son as commanded by God to Abraham in Genesis 17. How could the man who was going to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and command them to fulfill the covenant of circumcision, with circumcision to be required for the Passover celebration {Exodus 12}, not circumcise his own son? For this, I believe, God sought to kill Moses. But by God’s grace, Moses’ wife Zipporah cut off the foreskin of their son and helped to spare Moses’ life {4:25}.


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