I am often asked what the purpose of Internet Monk is. What are we trying to do? Depending on who is asking, and on whatever mood I’m in, I might answer in a variety of ways. But the response I give most often is that we are a wrestling mat where ideas are tossed. Our community of readers then get down on the mat and wrestle with one another to come up with, if not a definitive answer, at least perhaps a better way to frame the question.
So I want to introduce a new, periodic feature for all of you iMonk grapplers called “Difficult Scriptures.” This is where we will introduce a verse or passage that requires more than just a cursory explanation to have it make sense. Then we will stand back and let you share your insights. Rules are the same as always: No eye gouging, no hitting below the belt. Feel free to disagree all you want with another commenter, but treat that person as you would like to be treated. Keep your answers concise and on topic. No fighting, no biting. Other than that, have fun!
Exodus 4:24-26 (NLT)
24 On the way to Egypt, at a place where Moses and his family had stopped for the night, the LordÂ confronted him and was about to kill him. 25 But Mosesâ€™ wife, Zipporah, took a flint knife and circumcised her son. She touched his feet with the foreskin and said, â€œNow you are a bridegroom of blood to me.â€ 26 (When she said â€œa bridegroom of blood,â€ she was referring to the circumcision.) After that, the LordÂ left him alone.
What is this? God was about to kill Moses? Why? Other translations render this, “God tried to kill Moses.” How could God try but not succeed in killing him? Â Just what does mean?