“Exposing the Exodus”
The Person & Nature of God (Chapter 3 Verses 10-16)
Remember that Moses was born in Egypt, his name is Egyptian, it means born of the river god. This was an old age steeped in new ageism. The Egyptians were pantheistic, they had a plethora of gods, so-called. The river Nile was worshiped along with just about everything else. When Moses refuses to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter he is rejecting Egypt’s gods as well, this was his turning from false religion. He turned from the idolatrous religion of Egypt to embrace the religion of his fathers, of Israel, To the true and living God, the eternal One, who has revealed himself (v6), and does so here too Moses (v14). Moses is being told of God’s being his greatness, awesomeness. This surely is something that needs to be recovered in modern worship. It is so easy to lose sight of, for our thoughts to become narrow, small in regard to God, who and what he is. When this happens the problems we face become insurmountable, and we come to the conclusion that because we are in difficulty, God must be too. It is in the context of Moses questions, the difficulties he faces accomplishing his God-given task that God speaks, in order to lift his eyes up to heaven, to see the mighty Jehovah, our self-existent, changeless, infinite, covenant-keeping God. “Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that is I who speak; here I am” (Isaiah 52:6).
This is our God, whom we are to love, worship and declare, no not to prove that he exists, for all men know he exists (Romans 1:18-22). We are to declare his name in Christ to all the nations in his perpetual, never-fading glory. Moses beset with the problems he faces in his task, doubts and uncertainties, the whole problem is that they loom larger than God himself, his almightiness. But slowly and surely as God graciously deals with his servant he is coming to know this his covenant Lord. This is the faithful God who chose Israel as his own possession out of all the other nations and has pledged himself to them. This is the God who’s isness equals his presence, and which in turn equals powerful activity on behalf of his people. When God says he will be with you, that is no small thing, that is power. Israel’s forefathers mentioned here (v15), the very mention of their names here evoked remembrance of God’s providences and expressions of covenant faithfulness to them all. It evokes remembrance of the promise made to them. So when someone asks you, who is your God? Here is your answer, he is “the Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (v15). Why? Because that is his name forever! As I was, so I ever shall be, the never changing God.
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)