The Bible says what?

Have you ever read a passage in the Bible and thought, What the What?!?

I had this experience a couple of weeks ago… I was reading Exodus and I came across this passage:

On the way, at a place where they spent the night, the Lord met Moses and tried to kill him.
-Exodus 4:24

What?

God tried to kill Moses?

When we come across passages, like this one, we need to ask three questions

1. What was happening in the world at that time?
2. Why did people find it important to tell THIS story?
3. What does this story mean as a story, independent of its historical factuality?

Genesis 17:12,14
Throughout your generations every male among you shall be circumcised when he is eight days… Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.

God had setup a covenant with Israel, via circumcision, and this would have been EXTREMELY important to them, but not to us. So they chose to tell this story, because Moses apparently had not circumcised his son and yet he was going to lead Israel. That would have been a NO GO! The people would not have followed him, if his son was not circumcised. This is seemingly unimportant to us, but very important to the Israelites. Important enough that they have God, attempting to kill Moses over it.

When reading the Bible, I believe it is essential, to ask these three questions.

The next time you come across a passage, and think, What the what?!?
Filter it through these three questions, and you will have a better understanding of those hard to understand passages.