Honoring Wise Women!


Exo. 4:24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, 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 his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. 26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

If I could get you to go back to a time when movies were movies, back to a time when memory lane was a dirt road, you would recall one of my favorite Bugs Bunny cartoons. It involves a mother buzzard trying to persuade her son to “go out there and get you a rabbit!” In a rather goofy manner, the son would reply, “nope, nope, nope”, demonstrating how the sin of ATTACHMENT impedes the blessings of maturity, prosperity, and our legacy! Conversely, the ascension of a boy to manhood can be a source of anguish for some mothers, again illustrating the problem of ATTACHMENT. These matriarchs had to pull their boys out of many precarious situations; however as men they now “gets it”, and this may require moms to adjust.

 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands Prv. 14:1.” A woman with Godly wisdom (Jam. 1:5) can effectuate familial stability by understanding familial roles. Sadly, some women act as Athaliah did in II Kgs. 8:16-11:16, destroying their family so that they can hold a lofty “position” (Gen. 3:5), counteracting their husbands in defiance to God (Gen. 3:16-17)! However, let us not forget the Harriet Tubmansof the world whose instrumentality becomes necessary due to a lack of men, skillful or otherwise, at a given time. Their actions perpetuates the posterity of their “house”!

In the KEY SCRIPTURE Zipporah, the wife of Moses, found herself in a extremely tense situation with the imminence of his death. So, to avert the cessation of her family, she takes a stone and brings her son into the ABRAHAMIC COVENANT through circumcision, and then cast his bloody foreskin on the feet of THE DELIVERER which enabled God to spare Moses. Remember, Moses murdered an Egyptian instead of using his authority to stop the man from hitting a slave (Exo. 2:11-14). However, because of this mortality perpetrated by Moses, his blood is required (Gen. 9:6). Since the people who sought to kill him are dead (Exo. 4:19), it is left up to God to exact justice from Moses so that He is not seen as a liar (Rev. 12:10)!

By the “shedding of blood”, Zipporah helped to make it possible for an “atoned” Moses to become the man he was called to be (Heb. 9:22; Exo. 3:4, 4:26). Her wise deeds included bringing their son Gershom into compliance with God’s commandment of circumcision (Genesis 17:10-14). “Building A House” ultimately, require Godly women to help (Gen. 2:20), submit (Eph. 5:22-24), and to ensure stability by teaching younger women (Ttu. 2:4-5)! We praise God for all the mothers for their love, compassion, and wisdom!

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