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Moses

Avoids Paying A High Price For Compromising?

This is why Moses had made the crucial mistake, by not insisting that the circumcision of Gershom needed to take place immediately, in order to please and be in good standing with the Lord. Instead Moses backed off and compromised with Zipporah...

(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Exodus 4:24-26 / The High Price of Compromising)


Short Recap?

In the last article we took a closer look at the possibility that there was perhaps an unrecorded disagreement that took place between Moses and Zipporah.

We also explored the likelihood that this was the reason why Zipporah was very angry towards her husband after the angel of the Lord had come to execute judgment against Moses.

Be that as it may, it would be at this time that Zipporah would realize that God was real and that He was to be taken seriously at all times.

I guess you could say that this was Zipporah's very own "burning bush" moment.

I've stated before that I'd found it to be very interesting that God was about to punish Moses behind Zipporah's defiance. And if I were to be honest, I have to admit that I couldn't help but to wonder: "Why not Zipporah, she was the one that was disobedient?" But upon further examination, Zipporah to her credit did not know God at this time in her life and Moses did. So therefore, Moses was the one who was being disobedient.

This is why Moses had made the crucial mistake, by not insisting that the circumcision of Gershom needed to take place immediately once he got back from the burning bush. This needed to be done in order to please and be in good standing with the Lord. Instead, Moses backed off and compromised with Zipporah, therefore putting his favored position with God at risk. All of this was done in order to avoid strife with his wife. This is why I hold the viewpoint that these are the reasons why Moses would now be a position to suffer the judgment on that day, instead of Zipporah:

"For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was." - James 1:23,24



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Moses Held Accountable - Not Zipporah?


But when it came to Zipporah, she hadn't seen the Lord and knew not of Him, so therefore, she would not be held accountable for her actions at that time: "Jesus said to them, 'If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, "We see." Therefore your sin remains.'" - John 9:41

Just like Adam stood there while Eve debated with the serpent and he did nothing. And when it came time for him to make a choice between what he knew from the Lord and what he had just heard from the serpent, he compromised on what he knew and went along with Eve, and so therefore chose to adhere to the serpent's advice. This is why he was eventually charged with sinning and not Eve:

"Therefore, just as through one man [Adam] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned." - Romans 5:12



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Compromising On Our Beliefs Is A Losing Position?


And Adam was charged with sinning even tough Eve was the one actually debating the serpent and was the first to make the choice to partake of the forbidden fruit, with Adam following behind her: "So when the woman [Eve] saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband [Adam] with her, and he ate." - Genesis 3:6

And this is just one example of several, being that all throughout God's Word we will find people constantly trying to "coexist" and "get along" by compromising when it comes to what they know to be truth and risking their favored positions with God. And because of these compromises, one would end up having to endure a season of suffering and setbacks because of it. Make no mistake, it's better to be in good standing and have favor with the Lord, instead of trying to gain good standing and favor with those in the world.



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Trying To Make A Connection?


Now all of this is good, but now we must try to extract value from what we just journeyed through and make a natural connection with it. Let's see if we're able to make that connection by taking a short look at the Abrahamic Covenant that Moses had with God and the New Covenant that we hold today through Jesus Christ. Now don't make the silly mistake of thinking that I'm trying to, as some would say: "mix the covenants." Being that you can't mix something that's already been completed and made whole.

Keep in mind that as one goes throughout the Word of God, one would notice that the promises of God never expires or passes away without being fulfilled. Yes it's a fact that God has made promises to Abraham and his seed. But the Lord has also made promises to us as well and rest assured He will keep those promises, just like He's doing for Abraham this very day.

And this is where the natural connection comes in at, knowing that God will keep His promises, that He will always honor His covenant. We are able to further connect to the Sacred Record by realizing that we too, have a covenant with the Lord; while acknowledging that we also possess the advantage of being able to have a personal relationship with God, through the gift of the Holy Spirit that has been made available to us through the blood of Jesus Christ.



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God Doesn't Change?


Since God did it then, He will continue to do it today. But we have to do our part by making sure that we are operating within the New [promise] Covenant that has been made available to us. This must be done in order to be true benefactors of a covenant that yields tremendous privileges and advantages over the natural world. And for Moses it was "circumcision." When it comes to us, it's repenting and turning away from our sinful ways and accepting Jesus (Yeshua) Christ as our Savior and Redeemer.

But what is it to speak of such things and declare that we believe, but we don't live as such? It would be foolish on our part, to think that our faith won't be called into question, if our lifestyle doesn't represent such a claim. Do you remember the passages that I quoted earlier? :

"Jesus said to them, 'If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, "We see." Therefore your sin remains.'" - John 9:41

"For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was." - James 1:23,24



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Nobody's Perfect?


Now I know we're not perfect and we don't like to be judged, but when you have something as valuable as the gift of Eternal Salvation on the line to lose. My question to you would be: "Why risk it?" And I'm not trying to say that you can necessarily lose your Eternal Salvation once you've truly accepted Jesus Christ in your heart and mind.

What I'm stating is that you can lose out on the opportunity to gain Eternal Salvation, by not making the decision, when it comes to truly accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Know that tomorrow isn't promised to any of us. Read that again if you have to...



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Live As You Believe?


It's one thing to say with words that you have accepted Christ and not live as such. And it's another thing to confess of accepting Christ and actually live according to your beliefs. And I don't care how many Christian leaders you may see being hypercritical, arrested or accused of doing immorally bad things. Know that they will be judged by the Almighty when the time comes and the same goes for us as well. You must always remember that God sent Jesus (Yeshua) Christ down to be our Savior and not the Christian leader, who's face, is plastered all over the media outlets.

Oh my...? We must move forward... But we will do so in the next article.


In the next Bible Study Online Article:

We finally reach the point within our journey, where we find God reaching out to Aaron: "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." - Exodus 4:27

Now we will begin to notice that the things that God had foretold to Moses was beginning to come to pass and by Aaron coming out to meet him just like the Lord had foretold earlier, would prove to be more crucial evidence that would be of a further encouragement when it came to Moses and his tremendous task at hand.



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