'Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.Exodus 6:7(NASB)
God revealed Himself to Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many other holy men of God, and each time He gave a greater revelation of Himself. With every new disclosure, God communicated a deeper understanding of His attributes, His character, His holiness, and His wonderful plan of salvation. To Adam he revealed Himself as 'the self-existent One'. David, found Him to be to be 'Yahweh-Rohi' - his Shepherd. And to Gideon, He was 'Yahweh-Shalom' - the Lord is my peace.
To Abraham and the patriarchs the Lord was known as 'Yahweh' - God Almighty; 'Yahweh-Rapha' - the Lord our healer; 'Yahweh-Maccaddeshem' - the Lord your sanctifier; 'Adonai' - God is the Lord over all. Throughout Scripture, we discover that He builds upon each earlier revelation, giving greater illumination to different servants in various ways. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph came to an understanding of God's almighty power but they did not know Him as deeply and intimately as Moses and the children of Israel, who would come to know God in a deeper, more personal way than ever before.
God chose Moses to lead His people Israel from Egyptian slavery, and for 80 years God trained Moses for the tremendous task he faced. When God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, the Lord simply identified Himself as 'I AM' which is YHWH in the original Hebrew. YHWH is referred to as the 'Tetragrammaton' and is generally written as Yahweh or LORD in all capital letters. This amazing revelation of YHWH shows Him to be the eternally existent One Who is all in all, and from this name of God flows every other revelation of God's character and work.
After God called to Moses from the burning bush, He gave him instruction and power for the task ahead. As Moses prepared to carry out his God-ordained task, the Lord gave him an even greater revelation of Himself: "I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the YHWH - your God Who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians." The Lord chose Moses and Israel to enjoy a personal relationship with Himself. They were the one nation with whom God made a covenant, and He gave them many precious promises of protection, provision, preservation, and prominence among the Gentile nations.
While this promise was given to Moses and Israel, He has given us equally precious promises which are ours through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Through faith in Christ, God has made us His children; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ. He has promised to guard us and guide us through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and He has pledged to never leave us nor forsake us. We can rest assured that He will not abandon us nor leave us alone. He will bring us out of our troubles and guide us on our journey, just as He did for Moses and the children of Israel.
However much the Lord unveiled His attributes, character, holiness, and plan of salvation in days gone by, we who live in this dispensation of the grace of God have been given the fullest and most complete revelation of the Triune God through Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. We have been given every spiritual blessing in Christ and we are charged to know Him more, to love Him better, to walk in His ways, and to love others as He has loved us.
May we rejoice in His many precious promises to us, which are 'yes' and 'amen' in Christ, and may we truly value the intimate and privileged relationship we can enjoy with our God and Father in heaven. May we never forget that our Heavenly Lord will always be with us, no matter what. No matter how deep and dark things may seem, He will never leave our side and He will be there to help us through it. Let us take comfort that the Lord is our faithful and loving God Who will never fail us nor forsake us.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your gracious love and mercy, and thank You that Your goodness and grace never changes. Thank You that You chose us, in Christ, to be Your children, and that You will guide us through all the difficulties we may face in life. Help me to live in a way that honours You, and to remember Your abundant love and grace. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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