I AM THAT I AM

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We are covering Exodus Chapters 5-10 in this study!  Over the weekend, take some time to read those chapters and meditate on the character of God that is revealed to not only the Egyptians but the Israelites! Take a moment to also go over all of the chapters thus far. Post your thoughts!

In Exodus 6:1-5 The Lords says to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”  God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them.  I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens.  Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.

The time has come for the deliverance of Israel! Moses and people of Egypt are going to learn a whole new aspect of God’s character! God said to Moses ‘I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them.’ The name God Almighty is translated from the Hebrew ‘El Shaddai’ meaning the ‘strong or powerful God.’ This was how God had made himself known to Israel’s fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This name was given in connection with the giving of the covenant and promises that God had made hundreds of years before. But, as Hebrews 11:13 tells us, ‘All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.’

 

While Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob may not have seen everything fulfilled that God had promised, the time had now come when God was going to reveal Himself in a new way… as the LORD, Yahweh, the I AM, the delivering God! God himself would act in a mighty way to bring about His peoples deliverance.  God has not changed. Everyone who is a Christian has experienced God personally acting on their behalf for their deliverance, for Jesus, the I AM, went to the cross for us. And now, having become Christians, God still wants to reveal more of His character to us. He doesn’t only want us to know of His promises, but also of His deliverance. Over time Israel learnt more and more of God’s character, especially in regards to His work on man’s behalf. Different titles where given the LORD (Yahweh) as seen below.

 

Name Meaning Scripture Named By Fulfilment in Jesus
Yahweh Jireh The Lord our Provider Gen 22:14 Abraham Phil 4:19
Yahweh Rapha The Lord our Healer Exod 15:26 Moses Matt 8:17,1 Pet 2:24,25
Yahweh Nissi The Lord our Banner Exod 17:15 Moses Phil 4:13, Col 1:29
Yahweh Maccaddeshcem The Lord our Sanctifier Exod 31:13 Moses 1 Cor 1:30
Yahweh Shalom The Lord our Peace Judg 6:24 Gideon Eph 2:13,14
Yahweh Ro’i The Lord our Shepard Psa 23:1 David John 10:11
Yahweh Tsidkenu The Lord our Righteousness Jer 23:6 Jeremiah Phil 3:9, 1 Cor 1:30
Yahweh Shammah The Lord is There! Ezek 48:35 Ezekiel Rev 21:3-4

 

 

Now that the time is right, God is going to reveal himself to his people in a new way. This He states to them through the promises of seven “I wills…

  • I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians
  • I will free you from being slaves
  • I will redeem you
  • I will take you as my own people
  • I will be your God
  • I will bring you into the land
  • I will give it to you as a possession

 

We know, God does what He says! . These seven promises are true for us also! Even in midst of all we go through…even when satan rears his head…like he did through Pharaoh. Its interesting to look at Pharaoh’s attitude and stubbornness .Look at the  first meeting of Moses and Pharaoh in chapter 5.

Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the desert.’” Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go.”

‘Let my people go!’ God wanted His people out of Egypt. But we see satan’s first response….when someone is looking to be delivered by God. ‘Who is the LORD?’ Pharaoh says, ‘I don’t know any LORD!’ The first thing he does is cast doubt as to the existence of God. When people are looking at becoming Christians, satan will always try to cast doubt and uncertainty in their mind as to the truth about God. As to if God is real or not…have you ever had this battle in your mind with satan?

Exod 5:6-9 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and foremen in charge of the people: “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”

The second response we see from Pharaoh when God’s people want to go and sacrifice to the Lord is a trick he has never stopped using. An oldie, but a goody we might say! Up the workload! satan loves to get us, no matter how long we have been Christians, too busy with the things in the world to bother about worshiping and following God. Listen to Pharaoh’s response when Israel wanted to go and sacrifice to God – ‘make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.’ He thought that if he gets them so busy with their normal life, they just may well forget about taking time out for their Lord. And he could well be right! Pay attention to your time with the Lord and make sure you don’t fall for the oldest trick in the book! Busyness often gives us a viable excuse for not reading the word, not attending church etc…

In Exodus 8:24-27…Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God here in the land.” But Moses said, “That would not be right. The sacrifices we offer the LORD our God would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in their eyes, will they not stone us? We must take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, as he commands us.”

Now after a lot more pressure from the Lord, including some nasty use of gnats and flies, Pharaoh is ready for a compromise! ‘Ok’, Pharaoh says, ‘you can go have your sacrifice, but it has got to be within the land.’  You see when satan cant stop someone from being a Christian then the next plan is to make them a worldly one! This is what he meant by ‘sacrificing within the land.’ Basically, have your religion if you want, but have it within Egypt… have it still within his worldly system.  So much of what passes itself off as ‘Christianity’ today falls into this category. So many people love to have some form of godliness or belief without allowing it to impact or change their life at all. People that look particularly shiny and clean on Sundays but are still within the realms of Egypt for the remainder of the week! This is what Pharaoh was saying here – ‘have a little bit of religion if you like, but it’s going to be within Egypt!’

Exodus 8:28 Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God in the desert, but you must not go very far.”You can go, but you can’t go far! Certainly don’t go so far that Pharaoh wouldn’t be able to reel you back in!

In Exodus 10: 21-25 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.”… Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship the LORD. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.” But Moses said, “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the LORD our God.”

This final compromise of Pharaoh came through great desperation on his part. He would allow Israel to leave, even the women and children could go… but not their flocks. In other words, Pharaoh knew that he would have to hold onto something close to them which would cause them to keep coming back to Egypt!

Is their anything in your life like that? Is there anything which satan uses to keep drawing you away from God and back to worldliness? Think! It may be a particular weakness that he loves to exploit. It may be a friend that is hindering your walk with God. It may even be a love of money and possessions, which was certainly Pharaoh’s hook here. Whatever it is, see it and judge it for what it is… a desperate last ploy of the enemy to maintain some kind of hold on you! Let it go!

All these tactics of Pharaoh as he tries to hold onto the Israelites, even through the showing that GOD’S hand was surely bigger than anything he could ever impose on the Israelites!   Think about it for your own life… Can you see any of these tactics being used to hold you back from a productive Christian life?

Its time to exit bondage! Its time to exit Egypt for good!

Read, reflect and review Exodus Chapters 1-10! I’m loving this study. I pray you have grasped some useful information this week!

We will pick back up Monday! Enjoy your weekend!

Stephanie

http://www.virtuousvibes.com

 

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