Then Zipporah 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 let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision. (Exod. 4:25-26)
As a child, I did not make the connection between these scriptures and Christ, but as I grew older, both physically and spiritually, and realized that the Old Testament is filled with types and shadows of Christ, I realized that when Zipporah said to Moses “A bloody husband thou art to me” (the literal translation, if I recall correctly, being “a husband of blood” or “a bridegroom of blood”), this was, without doubt, a future reference to Christ, who would become a Husband of blood to us.
I suppose this entry is prompted by my realization that, in our relationship with God, love is closely associated with pain.
The scriptures read,
I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. (Ps. 119:75)
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (Heb. 12:6)
The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly. (Prov. 20:3)
The Bible is filled with scriptures like these. We experience pain in our relationship with God in the form of disappointments, humbling, waiting, God hiding from us, etc. But all these work to subdue our sinful flesh, or arise out of our incomplete understanding of God, His Word, or how He works.
But, of course, this painful love is a two-way street, and God has repeatedly experienced pain in the form of heartbreak from our sin and our rejection of Him and, ultimately, in the form of His own slaughter at the hands of His creation.
I am not sure why I am writing this. Perhaps just to remind myself of this two-way, painful love relationship. Any pain I experience from my misunderstanding of God is nothing compared to the pain He endured to win me.
A Husband of blood He is to me!