Biblical but bizarre.
Some things in scripture are just flat out strange but camp out on them and the Lord often imparts wisdom: But just read all the way through and you will see how the Ancient Pentateuch/Torah points to the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Exodus 4:24-25 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said.
Yet we see just a few verses earlier Moses being told he was going to be God’s instrument for saving Israel from the Egyptians!
Exodus 4:19-21 Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand. The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.
See here is what I think was going on, God technically had to kill Moses for breaking the covenant of circumcision that was made between Him and
Abraham in Genesis 17:10-14, yet God had a plan for Moses to save the Israelites from the hands of Pharaoh! How does God reconcile his demand for the covenant of Abraham to be fulfilled yet still use Moses later on?
God in His wisdom moved Zipporah to spring in and intervene:
But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said.
God is holy and cannot lie, so when he said to Abraham every male must be circumcised he had to follow throw on his own words! If God bent the rule just because it was Moses God would be partial and guilty of speaking what he would not carry out!
Genesis 17:10-14 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
Yet God did not want to put Moses to death even though His word in Genesis bound him under oath. So what does he do? He causes Zipphora to intervene by circumcising the son of Moses so the terms of the covenant are kept, thus allowing God to spare Moses!
Indeed this was as Exodus 4 states “the bridegroom of blood”- but we have an even deeper truth here, Christ Jesus the ultimate Bridegroom of blood! God has been bound by oath of His Holiness to punish sin, yet how can God who is Holy yet Love deal with sin without dealing ultiment destruction on the sinner?
The Cross, The blood of the Savior dripping red, flowing freely out of love! God cannot leave the guilty unpunished, and everyone born of Adam has guilt stained hands except Him born of God, Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom of blood!
Mark 2:19-20 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.
Deuteronomy 10:14-18 To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.
Deuteronomy 18:15-19 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name.
(-Jesus-The Son Of God)
Look, the OT Jews begged for God’s fierce fire to cease! And God replied “What they say is good” How?
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The Law can only condemn and accuse us rightfully of sin and guilt, but only Christ can take away our sin and guilt.
Hebrews – New Testament/
Hebrews 12:18-24 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
For in Christ through His blood we can enter God’s presence without fear but rather joy, gratitude, and reverential fear.