The Word Became fresh…On exodus 4:24-26

The Word Became fresh…On exodus 4:24-26

Commenting on the below passage…

‘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.”

(Exodus 4:24–26 ESV)

…Dale Ralph Davis, in his book The Word Became Fresh, writes this:

‘We do not understand how Yahweh could be so abrupt, so lethal, with Moses. We get used to thinking that there is a dull predictability about God. Sometimes we may even begin to think that because we follow a certain system of doctrine (e.g., Reformed theology) we therefore know what God will and won’t do. And there is a danger among both believers and unbelievers of slopping into this way of thinking that so much as says, ‘God would never demand or require of us anything we believe unreasonable; God would never do anything I consider to be against good judgment. That is a recipe for an idol. The most shocking part of Exodus 4:24-26 is most useful to me. It forces me to ask if God is free to be who he is, or, do I try to make him my prisoner, subject to what I think
he should be? A Christian must keep asking himself: Am I worshiping the God of the Bible or only God as I wish to think of him?’

Dale Ralph Davis The Word Became Fresh (p.69)

I am only part way through reading this book, but it is brilliant in helping us think through preaching the OT. I heartily recommend it (not just for preachers, his commentaries are also brilliant to read through leisurely). You can never have too many books…unless you are highly allergic to them and you are required to carry an Epinephrine (adrenaline) pen around with you just in case of an emergency. In that event, don’t page a Doctor, it might make you worse.

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