July 18: Zipporah – Exodus 2:11-25, 4:18-26
This summer, we are looking to the women of the Bible for encouragement, advice, and examples of living life full with God. In July and August, we’re reading the stories of Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Miriam, Zipporah, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Proverbs 31 woman, Gomer, Elizabeth, all the Marys, Martha, woman at the well, bleeding woman, adulterous woman, Canaanite woman, Lydia, Eunice, Priscilla, and the Titus 2 woman. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
Zipporah – Exodus 2:11-25, 4:18-26
Moses Flees to Midian
11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. 16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”
19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”
20 “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”
21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”
23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
Moses Returns to Egypt
4:18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”
Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
19 Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” 20 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.
21 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. 22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son, 23 and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’”
24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 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. 26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)
Stepping Up | Dyea Rowland
Now Moses was off to do God’s work. Moses had his special assignment and knew what he was to do. They had all set off to Egypt — Moses, his wife Zipporah, and their two sons. Along the way, the Lord confronted Moses and was going to kill him. Zipporah was not having that, so she circumcised her son. I was a little confused as to why God would want him dead, but in my research found some who think that Moses may have gotten sick along the way. Now Zipporah was made to cause her son to bleed as a result of this; it continued to say that she may have blamed her husband for all of this, or just the flip, that God did not take Moses from her and her prayer had been answered. At any rate…Zipporah stepped up (it was the husband’s duty to circumcise the boys); her son is now part of God’s special promise, and Moses’ life was spared, and all these things are because of her actions.
As a single mama, You know that I have to step up and do things that a man would normally do. I believe You knew that would be my life at a young age. I learned to shoot when I was seven, learned how to fish even younger, and learned how to protect later in life. You’ve pressed in on my heart to know politics, study end times, and teach my kiddos about Jesus. Even though I might have “stepped up”, I couldn’t do anything without You. I want to continue to trust in You, find strength in You, and be protected by You.
Father, You have opened a door for me again, a door that most women would steer clear from. You’ve done such a wonderful job purposing in my heart a protectiveness, a sense of justice. I pray that You carry it out, all the way to fruition. Thank You for making me a woman who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, for Your glory. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
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