Incredible study this morning!
Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.’”
At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to put him to death. Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.
Eight conclusions I draw:
1. We are saved to be free to serve.
2. God is our avenger.
3. Failure to keep any one of God’s commands is deserving of death.
4. We cannot save ourselves, no matter who we are, even if God has chosen us to be leaders. Moses is not the saviour of himself, of Israel, nor of us, God is.
5. Salvation comes through the promise made to the Woman, made to Eve, to Sarah, to Mary. Salvation is not in the Woman, but delivered through her by the work of God - by the Spirit - in the person of Jesus, the fulfilment of the Gospel preached in the garden, the promised offspring throughout the ages.
6. Moses and the Law cannot and did not save, but rather condemned all who failed to keep every jot and tilde of God’s commandments. Zipporah knew and confessed this.
7. Jesus - the one the prophets spoke about hundreds of year before he walked the earth, just as we walk the earth - lived and suffered under the law, the Son serving the Father in full obedience and perfection against the Law, in order to bring salvation.
8. We do not want our salvation, God wants it. If it were not so, then he would not have given salvation, and we would not try to resist it. Furthermore, there would not be sinful people walking God-made ground, and breathing God-made air except for God’s providential mercy to beat God-made hearts in our God-made bodies.
Fear God first; and then he will show you how you need not to be frightened anymore.