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Sunday, October 28 2012

Moses And Zipporah

Although an Israelite of the tribe of Levi (see Are Levites 'Jews'?), Moses lived from infancy to adulthood in the palace of the Pharaoh (see The River Of Moses). That all changed one day, when Moses defended the life of a Hebrew.


"2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses] was grown, that he went out unto his brethren [see Why Did They Go To Goshen?], and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. 2:12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

2:13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?

2:14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

2:15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well." (Exodus 2:11-15 KJV)

The people of Midian were descendants of Abraham through his wife Keturah (Genesis 25:1-2). As such, Israelites and Midianites were distant cousins (see Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates). To Moses, they would have been Bedouins of the Sinai ("Bedouin" is an Arabic word meaning those in the desert), while to them Moses was "an Egyptian." As a practical matter that benefited everyone (Moses was an all-alone strong and righteous man, while Jethro had seven daughters), Moses married a daughter of Jethro, Zipporah. Their firstborn son was named Gershom, which was also the same of a Levite ancestor of Moses - the firstborn son of Levi himself (1 Chronicles 6:16).

"2:16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water [see Desert Waters], and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. 2:17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

2:18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?

2:19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.

2:20 And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.

2:21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. 2:22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land." (Exodus 2:16-22 KJV)

When the time came that the LORD called Moses to return to Egypt for the deliverance of the Israelites, Moses began the journey with his wife and sons.

A Bedouin Woman

"4:18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive.

And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.

4:19 And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life. 4:20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

4:21 And the LORD [i.e. Jesus Christ; see Who Is The LORD?] said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. 4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: 4:23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.

4:24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. 4:26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision." (Exodus 4:18-26 KJV)

Zipporah's circumcision of her son has been long debated - even of who the "him" was that the LORD was going to kill. Was it Moses, or was it his uncircumcised son?

Moses was born as an Israelite. Moses was circumcised, as were all of the native-born Israelites. Despite their four centuries in Egypt, the Israelites never lost the original purpose of circumcision, for them, for that time (see Circumcision), as was about to be made obvious at the soon to occur Passover:

"12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Passover], let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof." (Exodus 12:48 KJV)

The LORD commanded Moses to return to Egypt, not his entire family; there was no need for his family to go because Moses was going to return to where they were already living. It was Moses' firstborn son who was about to be killed, not only because he would not have been permitted to be included in the Passover observance, and therefore survived the death of the firstborn throughout all of Egypt, but because he was already in a state of being cut off from his people. The circumcision saved his life on both counts. Zipporah's act had purpose.

Bedouin Mother And Child

"17:14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?] shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant." (Genesis 17:14 KJV)

Moses then sent Zipporah and the children back to Jethro ("Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back"), where they remained until after the Exodus.

"18:1 When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt;

18:2 Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back, 18:3 And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land: 18:4 And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:" (Exodus 18:1-4 KJV)

When Moses returned with the Israelites, to Mount Sinai (where Moses saw the famous "burning bush" while tending Jethro's sheep), the family was reunited. Gershom and Eliezer were thereafter counted as Israelites, specifically Levites (as we will read below).

"18:5 And Jethro, Moses' father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God: 18:6 And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her." (Exodus 18:5-6 KJV)

Jethro remained with the Israelites in the Sinai.

"18:7 And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent. 18:8 And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them.

18:9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians. 18:10 And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 18:11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them. 18:12 And Jethro, Moses' father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses' father in law before God." (Exodus 18:7-12 KJV)

Later, in the time of King David, the Levites were "divided into courses among the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari" (i.e. the Gershon there being the son of Levi, not the son of Moses).

Bedouins in Desert

"23:1 So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.

23:2 And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. 23:3 Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand. 23:4 Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges: 23:5 Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith. 23:6 And David divided them into courses among the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari." (1 Chronicles 23:1-6 KJV)

Within that genealogical record we find that Moses had only two sons, both with Zipporah, Gershom, and Eliezer. They had a number of grandsons, "Of the sons of Gershom, Shebuel was the chief" and "the sons of Eliezer were, Rehabiah the chief. And Eliezer had none other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many."

"23:12 The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.

23:13 The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons for ever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever. 23:14 Now concerning Moses the man of God, his sons were named of the tribe of Levi.

23:15 The sons of Moses were, Gershom, and Eliezer.

23:16 Of the sons of Gershom, Shebuel was the chief.

23:17 And the sons of Eliezer were, Rehabiah the chief. And Eliezer had none other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.

23:18 Of the sons of Izhar; Shelomith the chief.

23:19 Of the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.

23:20 Of the sons of Uzziel; Micah the first, and Jesiah the second." (1 Chronicles 23:12-20 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is it that Aaron, the brother of Moses was a Levite priest, while Moses, although also a Levite, was not a priest?
See The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood

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This Day In History, October 28

97: Roman Emperor Nerva was forced by the Praetorian Guard (the Emperor's bodyguards) to adopt General Marcus Ulpius Trajanus as his heir and successor (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

312: Over the previous 24 hours, the Battle of Mulvian (or Milvian) Bridge over the Tiber River near Rome was fought. Constantine the Great defeated the forces of Maxentius to become the sole ruler of the western Roman empire. Prior to the battle, Constantine claimed to have seen a vision of a cross (Christ was not crucified on a Latin cross - see Crossing The T) in the sky with the words "In Hoc Signo Vinces" ("In this sign conquer"). After the victory, he nominally converted to Christianity, and was largely involved in the Romans' change from God's true and only Sabbath to the old Babylonian pagan "sun day" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).

900: King Alfred the Great of England died.

969: After a prolonged siege, Byzantine forces ended 300 years of Arab rule in Antioch.

1216: King Henry III of England was crowned.

1492: Christopher Columbus claimed Cuba for Spain. Contrary to propaganda myths, Columbus, an Italian, who was working for the king and queen of Spain, claimed land in the "new world" as colonies of the "old world" - Columbus had no intention of those lands ever being anything more than colonies of Spain. Nor was Columbus the first to discover the continent of North America; the Vikings of Scandinavia left behind physical proof of their being there centuries before Columbus (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1628: After being besieged for months the Huguenots at La Rochelle capitulated to troops of the French crown under Cardinal Michelieu.

1636: English colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colony founded a college at Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is known today as Harvard University.

1664: The Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot, later to be known as the Royal Marines, was established.

1746: The Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao were destroyed by an earthquake, at least 18,000 killed.

1870: In the Franco-Prussian War, Strasbourg surrendered to Prussian forces.

1886: The Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland. While most are aware that it was a gift from the Roman-Catholic people and government of France, very few are aware that the Statue of Liberty was a deliberate, as stated by its builders, reproduction of the ancient Roman goddess Libertas, idol-worshipping Rome's "goddess of freedom." A 2,000 year-old Roman coin from 42 BC, from the era of the birth of the Roman Empire, seen below, shows Libertas (including the idol's name, the Latin Libertas, in English meaning "Lady Liberty" right on the coin); the face and the crown are identical to the Statue of Liberty.


1891: An earthquake struck the Niphon Islands in Japan, killed 10,000 people and left 300,000 homeless.

1918: The Czechoslovak state came into being when the Prague national committee took over land upon the dissolution of Austria-Hungary.

1922: Fascist "Blackshirts" began a march on Rome which led 2 days later to a formation of an Italian government under Benito Mussolini.

1948: The modern-day national flag of "Israel" was adopted (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).

1958: Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, patriarch of Venice, was elected as Pope John XXIII.

1971: By a vote of 356-244 the British House of Commons voted to join the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the end-time European Union (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).

1985: Sandinista rebel Daniel Ortega became President of Nicaragua.

2007: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the first woman to be elected President of Argentina.


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