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NAMES OF GOD

October 20, 2014

Monday

 

Exodus 3:14

 

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
 

LESSON

 

Moses’ fear that the Israelite elders would not accept him is understandable. God had not revealed Himself to His people for over 400 years. When Moses asked how he should answer the Israelites’ question, “What is His name?” he was asking how he could demonstrate to them that their God had sent him. God’s name expressed His nature and actions. The repetition of the same word [I am] suggests the idea of uninterrupted continuance and boundless duration. I am that I am” means “God will reveal Himself in His actions through history.

There are times when we hesitate to do God’s will because of feelings of inadequacy. Moses felt so inadequate to lead the children of Israel that he offered several excuses to God, but found God to be His adequacy. When God called Moses to the task of liberating a people, Moses felt self-doubt, uncertainty about God, and unreadiness. If you think about it, these are actually positive values that will lead us as American Christians to take our place in the world.

 

Memory Verse: Genesis 1:1

 

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