Why did Zipporah cut off her son’s foreskin?

Weird question, I know, but it had me curious. As I previously asked in class Friday, what is this big deal about circumcision? I just don’t get it. Aside from it preventing disease and what not, I personally feel God could’ve chosen something a little less painful as a way of separating his covenant from idol worshipping, unbelievers, especially considering the fact there’s nothing that sets women apart, for that matter.


Hebrew word “covenant” means “beriyth” which means “cutting”.



One source I found stated that God viewed Israel as His firstborn son whom he shared a blood covenant with, hence the circumcising, but Moses had failed to commit to that covenant. And that’s a big no-no.


Since Moses had been raised as a Pharaoh, but born a Hebrew, he was stuck between a rock and a hard place; God wanted to use Moses for bigger and better things, but if Moses was going to be Team God, he had to practice what he preached.


Cue Zipporah and her son. She gets the job done all in one verse.

 “Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it.” – Exodus :24

 This is aside from my question about the significance of the foreskin being removed, but some sources believe Zipporah didn’t touch Moses’ feet with it, since in older text Moses’s name wasn’t present in the verse, but later added.


Speaking of flint, this is what one looks like:





To sum up my question, Zipporah takes the win for best wife because she saved Moses’ life. That rhymes. Unintentional. Could you imagine how history would’ve evolved if Moses had died? The Bible would be completely different! Crazy to think about. 




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