In case you missed the Introduction of Tsipporah and Part 1 here they are:
Did you know that Tsipporah is counted as one of the righteous women in the Scriptures?
How awesome it is to be counted a righteous woman!
We have a little more to learn about this awesome righteous woman. Next we learn that she bore Mosheh two sons, Gershom and Eliy’ezer. Gershom, whom Mosheh did not circumcised because Re’u’el said not to and Eliy’ezer, whom Mosheh did circumcise.
Tsipporah must have known that YAHUAH commanded all males to be circumcised but she did not rise up and make a big fuss about it when Mosheh followed the advice of Reu’el by not circumcising Gershom. However after YAHUAH appears to Mosheh and tells him to go get the children of Yisra’el out of Mitsraym, while on the way back to Mitsrayim, the angel of ELOHYIM came down and was looking for a way to kill Mosheh. For reasons unknown to us, Mosheh did not know what the problem was, but The Scriptures tell us that:
“Tsipporah saw the angel of YAHUAH seeking an occasion against Mosheh and she knew that this was owing to his not having circumcised her son Gershom. And Tsipporah hastened and took of the sharp rock stones that were there, and she circumcised her son, and delivered her man and her son from the angel of YAHUAH.” Yashar 79:11-12
She did what needed to be done! Again…
As they continued on Aharon, Mosheh’s brother, meets up with them. Mosheh introduces his wife and children to Aharon and they continue on the journey. But somewhere along the way, Aharon starts feeling grieved and tells Mosheh to send Tsipporah and their two sons back to her father’s house. We are not told why Aharon is grieved. Maybe because of the actions of the Phar’oh’s against the children of Yisra’el were so severe that Aharon did not want Mosheh’s wife and children to suffer. Maybe they were moving slower than Aharon wanted to go. Whatever the reason, Mosheh agrees and sends them away.
I can only imagine how she must have felt. Having known Mosheh for more than 10 years (we are not told how old the boys are so I cannot say exactly how long Mosheh was in Midyan) her heart must have hurt by having to leave the man who had protected her at the well. The man whom she had grown in her belief of YAHUAH with; the man who won the honor of being her man; the man who was the father of their two children and the man who more than likely had become her friend…now was being led to go deliver his people without her.
She no doubt had questions such as how long would this take. When would he be back? Would he even come back? Would he be safe? What would she do without him? Why did she have to return to her father’s house? What would she do now?
I believe that YAHUAH was moving her back to her father’s house so that she and their sons would be protected:
“And Tsipporah returned with her children, and they went to the house of Re’u’el, and remained there until the time arrived when YAHUAH had visited his people, and brought them forth from Mitsrayim from the hand of Phar’oh.” Yashar 79:18
During the next few years, Tsipporah and her sons remained with her father until he took them to Mosheh in the wilderness. I can just imagine the “family reunion” that took place. Tsipporah was probably happy and very over joyed to see Mosheh again. Mosheh her man, her protector, her covering, her love, her friend, the father of her children was standing here, after several years. I can only imagine the feelings she must of felt. The relief that washed over her heart. The burden that was lifted from her being.
The Scriptures do not say anything else about Tsipporah, how or when she died. However, we know that she was a righteous, courageous woman and a faithful woman to whom we can all learn from.
Up next Lessons from Tsipporah!