Who is this God who wants to partner with us? (part 3)
The Leprosy Mission produces an internal daily devotional guide, The Bridge, for use in offices, hospitals, clinics and projects around the world. Current and former staff and trustees from many countries contribute to the guide. We will share with you contributions made by our staff team.
The Egyptians had many gods by different names. Moses wanted to know God’s name so the Hebrew people would know exactly who had sent him to them. It is important because the Israelites believed that the name reflected an individual’s essence. In Genesis different aspects of God’s nature are highlighted by the names used to designate him:
- El Elyon – God most high Gen 14:18-2
- El Roi – God who sees me Gen 16:1
- El Shaddai – God almighty Gen 17:
- El Olam – the eternal God Gen 21:3
Here God introduced himself by the personal name Yahweh translated in most English versions as the Lord. The Hebrew divine name Yahweh is closely related to the phrase in v 14 which maybe translated in a variety of ways: “I am who I am”, “I will be who I will be”, “I will be what I was”. An abbreviated form of this phrase comes in the statement “I AM has sent me to you”. Unlike previous names Yahweh does not limit God’s nature to any particular characteristic: he is what he is. Further more his nature does not change. He is the God worshipped by earlier generations. God called himself I AM, a name describing his eternal power and unchangeable character. In a world were values, morals and laws change constantly we can find stability and security in our unchanging God.
The God who appeared to Moses is the same God who can live in us today. Heb 13.8 says God is the same “yesterday, today and forever,” Because God’s nature is stable and trustworthy we are free to follow and enjoy him rather than spend our time trying to figure him out. God wants us to know him as “the one who is always present” with us in our daily lives. As we trust him and live for him we too will experience God’s power in our lives.