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God tells Moses
I Am Jehovah
"I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord [Jehovah] I was not known to them." -- Exodus 6:3
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In the last couple of articles, we learned that after the Israelites had gone to Pharaoh and begged him to ease the work decree levied against them. The Sacred Record would reveal that the Egyptian ruler would eventually reject their request. And to make matters worse, Pharaoh would blame his harsh treatment against the Israelites behind the recent actions of Moses and Aaron:
"And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made before. You shall not reduce it. For they are idle; therefore they cry out, saying: 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.' Let more work be laid on the men, that they may labor in it, and let them not regard false words." -- Exodus 5:8,9
And because of this, the Israelites would turn against Moses and Aaron:
"Then, as they came out from Pharaoh, they met Moses and Aaron who stood there to meet them.
And they said to them, 'Let the Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.'" -- Exodus 5:20,21
And after this situation had taken place between Moses and the Israelites, Moses would go and have a talk with God:
"So Moses returned to the Lord and said, 'Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me?
For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all.'" -- Exodus 5:22,23
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So now we've arrived at where we're currently at when it comes to our journey. For we now find that God is about to answer Moses' concerns. But first. Know that there's always a process when it comes to God. And rest assured that Moses had probably an idea of how quickly things might have unfolded when God had first told him about the process. But notice that God doesn't give Moses an indication of how long the process will take:
"Then they [the elders] will heed your voice; and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; and you shall say to him, 'The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us; and now, please, let us go three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.' But I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go." -- Exodus 3:18-20
Understand, Moses had been told how things were going to be played out by God. But what Moses didn't know, that the Israelites would have to endure suffering at a more intense level, behind his obedience to the Lord. I mean, after all, the Israelites had already suffered long enough in Moses' mind, and now things have intensified for them. And quite honestly, Moses didn't know how long their suffering would have to last this time around. Make no mistake, Moses wanted this to end and end now.
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I Am Jehovah
So instead of Moses waiting to see how they would have to suffer, he decides to directly take the matter to God. And it's at this time we now find that the Lord would provide an answer for Moses:
"Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.' And God spoke to Moses and said to him: 'I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord [Jehovah] I was not known to them. I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers. And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.
'Therefore say to the children of Israel: "I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord."'" -- Exodus 6:1-8
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Pay Close Attention
So let's take a closer look at what God had told Moses. Of course, the statement from the Lord is pretty much straightforward. But He mentions something that sometimes goes unnoticed by some but seems to be confusing by those who can catch it. Note the verse: "I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord [Jehovah] I was not known to them." -- Exodus 6:3
The verse seems to be very straightforward, but there's a reason why this verse is sometimes confusing for those who come across it. The reason deals with God claiming that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob didn't know Him by the name "Jehovah." I mean, after all, the patriarchs knew God, they spoke and fellowshipped with the Almighty, they were able to see how the Creator had blessed them in their time of need, so how could God say at this point that they didn't know Him by this name?
Understand that God was not referring that the patriarchs didn't know Him personally or that they didn't have faith in Him. No, God is pointing out that none of the patriarchs could see the actual fulfillment of the "Covenant" that He had foretold to them. Sure they would eventually believe that God would keep his covenant, but they never actually witnessed its fulfillment while they were still alive. So this is what God is referring to when He makes the statement that they never knew Him by this name, "Jehovah."
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Why the Emphasis
For the name [Jehovah] is not just any name, but a name that represents the "I am that I am." It also expresses God's infallibility when it comes to Him keeping His Word and promises. It's a name that signifies His flawlessness, faithfulness, and how trustworthy the Lord is to us at all times.
God is letting Moses know that he's about to witness the fulfillment of that promise He had made to Abraham when he first entered the land of Canaan. It's the fulfillment of that same promise that God had constantly repeated to Isaac and Jacob, time after time.
God is telling Moses that He's about to complete the first chapter when it comes to building a great nation that will later be known as Israel. His name is Jehovah, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega - all things begin with Him and end with Him.
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In the following article, we will take perhaps another look at what God had told Moses. But we will also move forward and learn if Moses will be encouraged to continue with his calling from the Lord. And if Moses does, will all be well between him and the Israelites? And what about his confidence? Will Moses be able to stay the course that God has placed him on?
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