Scripture Motto

"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for Zipporah

Women of the Bible from A to Z series

“Moses agreed to stay with Jethro, and 
he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses to be his wife.” 
Exodus 2:21 ncv

After the Pharaoh heard of Moses’ interference in a fight between an Egyptian and Hebrew, the ruler set out to have Moses killed. So, Moses fled Egypt to the land of Midian.

He was seated beside a well when a Midian priest’s seven daughters came to draw water for their father’s flock. Some shepherds in the area tried to drive the young ladies away, but Moses came to the damsels’ aid. This impressed their father who invited Moses to dine with him and his daughters…and to repay Moses for his good deed; the priest offered his daughter Zipporah’s hand in marriage. In the next verse, it says she gave birth to a son which Moses named Gershom.

Soon after this, God spoke to Moses from the burning bush. God wants Moses to return and lead the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt. Moses says, “Who me?” Without going into the whole story, God convinces Moses, gives him a very special staff, and sends him packing.

Moses, Zipporah, and their two sons loaded the camels and donkeys and headed back to Egypt. (Sometime between Exodus 2:21 and 4:18, a second son is born to the couple.)

She was with him when he went before the new Pharaoh and said, “Let My people go.” She lived in Egypt with each of the ten plagues and witnessed the first Passover. She saw the Red Sea part for the Hebrew children and close on the Egyptian army. She drank the miracle water and ate the manna and quail from Heaven to feed the grumbling people.

Can you imagine being the wife of one of God’s greatest servants? I see her as a strong and unbelievable supportive wife. I believe this daughter of a Midian priest fell to her knees and prayed fervently for Moses as he stationed himself on the hill with that very special staff held high as the Amalek army came against the Hebrew people. Then there was Mt. Sinai, the commandments, the golden calf, the construction of the Tabernacle, and so much more.

Zipporah, the wife of Moses ends my first A to Z blogging Challenge. It has been a glorious ride. I praise and glorify the Lord who gave me the courage and the strength to write His right words. Thanks to all you who stopped by to read my little blog.

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