Weird Wednesdays: In which God goes a bit homicidal… again.

24 Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the Lord met him andsought to put him to death. 25 Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and threw it at Moses’ feet, and she said, “You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me.” 26 So He let him alone. At that time she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood”—because of the circumcision.

The context of this passage is that Moses has been acknowledged by God as the chosen deliverer of Israel to lead them out of slavery in Egypt and to show Yahweh’s signs and wonders before the Egyptians culminating in the death of the firstborn of Egypt, which would be a karmic callback to the infanticide of Jewish males allegedly ordered by the previous Pharaoh and a sign that Jehovah was triumphant over all of the gods of Egypt including Pharaoh.

So Moses is the chosen one. He’s off to Egypt to meet his brother, and while he stops at an inn along the way, God shows up to kill him.

We’re not told how God showed up looking to kill Moses or how Moses and Zipporah knew it was God or how they knew it was related to their son not being circumcised. But once Zipporah cuts off part of her child’s penis and throws it/slaps it at Moses’ feet or possibly genitals, God calls off the celestial hit on Moses and tells him to get back on mission.

Theoretically, perhaps Moses and Zipporah had a disagreement on circumcising their boy, with Zipporah being in the ‘opposed’ to it camp and Moses agreeing with his wife to make her happy or simply because he didn’t think it was that important to do.

Still, you’d think God might show up in another bush along Moses’ path and tell him to circumcise his kids instead of going straight to ordering a hit on the prophet.

So another possible answer to what would Jesus do for the biblical literalist is: try to kill the hell out of the man you just appointed to carry out your divine plan.


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