You Cannot Lead Where You Will Not Go – Admonition 151
Ex 4:24 And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the LORD met him and sought to kill him.
25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it at Moses’ feet, and said, “Surely you are a husband of blood to me!”
26 So He let him go. Then she said, “You are a husband of blood!” -because of the circumcision.
27 And the LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went and met him on the mountain of God, and kissed him.
28 So Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which He had commanded him.
29 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel.
30 And Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses. Then he did the signs in the sight of the people.
31 So the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.
And now, Admonition, brought to you by the Collierville Church of Christ.
Have you heard the adage, you can’t lead people where you won’t go yourself? Moses was told by God in Exodus chapters three and four while at the burning Bush to lead God’s people out of Egypt because God was their covenant God. He was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But part of that covenant was the sign of circumcision. They were to circumcise their male children on the eighth day because that’s what God had told Abraham to do. All his sons and all the servants within his house and all of the children with the servants within his house, were all to be circumcised. It was the sign of the covenant, but Moses hadn’t obeyed the covenant. And so at the end of Exodus chapter four, Zipporah, Moses’ wife will have to circumcise their son and she doesn’t like that. But here’s the thing, you don’t get to lead God’s covenant people until you’re obeying the covenant yourself. Do not try to lead where you won’t go.
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