At the surface level of this account it appears that Moses chose to disobey God and Zipporah had to step in and do what he should have done, however, since we are looking deeper let’s look again. Why do you think Moses chose not to obey? I believe the answer is in his dialogue with God at the burning bush. Here are his statements from Exodus 4:
- “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.'”
- “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
- “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”
Based on Zipporah’s response, I’m thinking she may not have been pleased that she had to step in and do what Moses should have done, but because she did Moses’ life was spared and he was able to grow into the man God created him to be and do the great things God had planned for him.