“Moses said to God, ‘Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them: The God of your fathers has sent me to you. They ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them? God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ God also said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord the God of your fathers—-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—-has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation. God, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—-the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—-appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of he Canaanites, Hittittes, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—-a land flowing with milk and honey.’ ” (Exodus3:14–17)
The name of God is a sing Hebrew word from the verb “to” which translated as “I AM WHO I AM” or “I WILL BE WHAT I Will BE.” In Hebrew he name is composed of only four consonants, VHWH, because ancient Hebrew script did not contain vowels. Today no one is certain how the name was pronounced. The Hebrews so reverenced the name of God they never pronounced it for fear of mispronouncing it. Therefore they substituted another word (Hebrew – ‘adonai), translated Lord, for the personal covenant name for God. Scholars today think it is pronounced” Yahweh.”
Moses asked God a good question, when the people ask me who has sent me, what do I say? Moses’ question led to the revelation of God’s self-identity in His self-existence. Two important ideas grew out of God’s disclosure of His personal name, and that He is a personal God. In biblical times, disclosure of one’s name was a very personal act, that disclosed one’s very nature. God reveals His love for the Hebrew people by initiating a personal relationship with them, and to be their God. Secondly, His personal name suggests that He is a living God, not a “dead object” or “abstract idea.”
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, the scripture from Exodus, reveals Your desire to be our God, that You have given us Your personal name, and that You have been with us since the moment You called Abraham. As we mature in our faith, You have given us further proof of just how much You love us and want us to understand You and You us. You sent Your Son to this earth, to teach, preach, and to model the kind of behavior that You desire for us to exhibit towards others. Help us always, Abba, to come closer to You and all that we do and say, and how we help others to know You as well. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God does not promise a comfortable journey, only a safe landing.”
“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” (2nd Samuel22:17-20)
David gave God credit for rescue from his enemies. Smart decision on his part, but also a lesson for us all. If we have found ourselves in a situation that we cannot handle or deal with and we go to God seeking His help, then we suddenly have been rescued from that same situation, give God all the Glory, for we weren’t able to do anything. I’ve use an image often, whereby we find ourselves in over our heads in some way, and we call upon God and offer Him our “cup” of problems to Him, but there are scratch marks all over the cup, where we have sought to “help” God out! Know what I mean? The beauty beloved, of serving our God, is that it is our faith in Him, that will take of the rough bumps of our lives. Place your trust in Him and He will take care of us.
“My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: ‘Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him fro death and cover over a multitude of sins.’” (James5:19-20)
Two significant results occur when one turns to God. First, that person is saved from death. Secondly, a multitude of sins are covered by the blood of Christ. In this light, to present the truth of our Lord to those who would turn from God is a vital and essential task. God wants the saved to warn sines bot their errors, because the wages of sin is death. One of he way God takes the initiative in salvation is by providing saved persons (that’s you and me) who warn the lost. Some interpreters take the sins covered to be those of the warner, but this has no basis in other Scriptures. How we do this is through our own witness, not by beating them over the head with their sins, this would only drive them away, instead of bringing them to salvation.
Second Thought of the Day:
“The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen one.’ One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: ‘Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!’ But the other criminal rebuked him. ‘Don’t you fear God,’ he said, ‘since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly,, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.’” (Luke 23:35, 39-41)
As a human being and minister, I hope that if I gone through all of the punishment and abuse, then put before a kangaroo court in the first order, convicted wrongly, made to carry that heavy cross through the streets of Jerusalem, then made to lay on the cross while Roman soldiers hammered nails through my hands and feet, then lifted up for all to see me bleeding to death, I hope that I would be man enough to take the verbal abuse that was being thrown up as it was for Jesus. Now stop and think, Jesus had known from the beginning of His ministry that this was the way it was going to end.
Jesus of Nazareth was sent and anointed by God to be the Savior of the World. He refused to save Himself from crucifixion on the cross so He could obey the Father and save us from our sins. Christ voluntarily died on the cross. He proved he was Messiah in obedient love, not in self-centered, flamboyant miracles.