Martin Proebstle

Martin Proebstle, Ph.D., teaches theology at Bogenhofen Seminary, Austria. He is married to Marianne and enjoys two energetic teenagers at home.

Divine Assassin?

Finding God in a difficult text

It is midnight—somewhere on a road. An eerie silence seems to be palpable. The family should have long since come to rest. Yet the completely unfathomable happens. God attacks, and Moses’ life is at risk.

This utterly mysterious event is described in Exodus 4:24-26: “At a lodging place on the way the Lord met him and sought to put him to death. Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it and said, ‘Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!’ So he let him alone. It was then that she said, ‘A bridegroom of blood,’ because of the circumcision” (ESV).1

Nothing in the text prepares us …

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