Exodus 4:24 gives the report, “And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him [Moses], and sought to kill him.” In Exodus 4:19 the Lord God had instructed Moses to go and return into Egypt. Then in Exodus 4:20 we find that Moses proceeded to obey the Lord God’s instruction – “And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.” Yet in Exodus 4:24 the report is given that the Lord God met Moses along the way of his return unto Egypt, and the Lord God sought to kill Moses.
So then, why did the Lord God seek to kill Moses at that particular moment? If Moses was returning unto Egypt just as the Lord God had instructed for him to do, why would the Lord God seek to kill His obedient servant, whom He Himself had called unto this task? The answer to these questions we may discovered through the continuing report in Exodus 4:25-26 – “Then Zipporah [Moses’ wife] took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. So he [the Lord God] let him [Moses] go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.”