Thursday, August 2, 2012

Zipporah "Sparrow"

Wife of Moses and daughter of Jethro/Reuel, priest of Midian.

Scriptures to read:
Exodus 2:16-22; 4:20, 25-26; 18:2
LDS Bible Dictionary pg 793

Jethro was a priesthood holder (D&C 84:6) and had 7 daughters. One of the seven was Zipporah who married Moses. They had two sons -- Gershom and Eliezar.

Exodus 4:24-26 JST - The Lord is prepared to kill Moses for disobeying and not circumcising his son. Zipporah picks up a sharp piece of flint and circumcises their son.
Exodus 18:2 - After Moses succeeds by freeing the Israelites, Jethro arrives in the wilderness with Zipporah and their two sons, Gershom and Eliezar.

Questions I asked myself:

1- What is unique about this woman and her story?
2- What Christlike qualities does she exemplify?
3- What can women today learn from her experience?
1- Zipporah's story is unique because of the fact that she was raised by a priesthood holder is pretty significant in this time period.

2- I think some of her Christlike qualities that she exemplifies are patience and understanding... probably faith, too. Faith and understanding are probably working together in my mind. Her husband returns from caring for the sheep and tells her he saw God in a bush. My first response would have been, "Honey, you've been in the sun too long." Maybe that was her first response, but, eventually she had the faith and understanding to believe him and the patience to let him go while she cared for their two little boys.

3- Women today can learn from the circumcision incident in Exodus 4. It teaches us to obey God the first time and to always support our husbands and/or encourage them to also choose the right.
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