TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016
Key Bible Verse: “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 you shall call me from generation to generation.'” (Exodus 3:15, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Exodus 3
Throughout the Bible, when God revealed a new aspect of his character to his people, he often did this by revealing a new name. God has a name to meet the needs of any situation we may face in life.
When God asked Moses to lead the Israelites out of a difficult and challenging situation, he empowered Moses by revealing one of his names. Moses knew he couldn’t go to the Israelites in the authority of this own name: “Moses said to God, ‘Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” Now they may say to me, “What is his name?” What shall I say to them?'” (Ex. 3:13, NASB et al.). Moses knew God’s power and authority were attached to his name.
It was at this point that God unveiled one of the great names of Scripture. “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM;’ and he said, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, “I AM has send me to you”‘” (v.14). God, the great I AM, showed up in Egypt to bring freedom to the captives and overpower the enemies who sought to keep God’s people from their destiny.
– Tony Evans in The Power of God’s Names
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