KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 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”.
Moses set off to go to Egypt. One significant phrase in our key scripture is that “……..and Moses took the rod of God in his hand”. Moses had been using this rod to tend his flock. From the moment he met the Lord who manifested His miraculous signs to him, that rod no longer was called Moses rod but the “rod of God”.
Moses himself from that moment was no longer the old Moses but Moses the man of God. When we come to Christ, we cease to own ourselves. Our minds, bodies and every physical faculty we possess becomes the Lord’s, and must be identified as such. This is the reason we cannot use our bodies for any unrighteous acts. It no longer belongs to us. 1st Corinthians 16:19 “what? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, and you are not your own”. We have been bought by the blood of our Lord Jesus and must use our bodies solely to honor Him. The bible says we must present our bodies as living sacrifices unto the Lord (Romans 12:1)
In Exodus 4:22, 23 the Lord asked Moses to tell Pharaoh that Israel is my first born and he must release him to go and serve Him. God our father owes all things yet the first things or the first place of everything belongs to Him. James 1:18 says “of His own will begat He us with the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruit of his creatures”. We are a kind of first fruits of his creatures. This makes us very special unto Himself. We must also show ourselves as special unto Him by dedicating our lives fully to His control and influence. He must always have the first place in our lives.
The clear understanding of Exodus 4:24 remains hidden, but looking at the whole story we can see Moses was almost killed probably by a sickness that attacked him. This happened mainly because he had not observed the rite of circumcision for his son. The wife quickly took a sharp stone and circumcised the son and threw the foreskin at his feet. This relieved him. Note: Moses until his encounter with the Lord had no problem with God over. the circumcision of his son. The moment he became God’s man meant every ordinance of God had to be met. Dear child of God you cannot play down on any biblical instruction. We would have a stricter judgement. God is no respecter of persons and it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. God’s judgement would begin in His house.
I pray for all children of. God to know how severe the wrath of God is, and so must depart from all ungodly acts or ways.
James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
1 Peter 4:17 ” For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begins at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”