Monday in the First Week of Lent

Exodus 6:2-13

Make a Promise; Keep a Promise

There is none holy like our God; there is none righteous as He.  There is nothing that can compare to Him; there is no one who is His equal.  This truth is breathed throughout the Old Testament, especially the Psalms and the Prophet Isaiah.  Only He is the Creator; everything else is creature.  Only He is eternal in the heavens, only He lives forever, only He cannot die.  He takes the name of the LORD, “I Am,” because everything else takes its being from Him.  Because He is, we are; and it is never the other way around.

This passage begins and ends with God’s declaration, “I am the LORD.” (6:2, 8).  Literally, God is saying, “I am ‘I Am.’”  His declaration of His name is His way of placing an exclamation point at the beginning and at the end of the passage.  He is speaking of His truthfulness, His faithfulness, that what He has to say is credible.  Credible.  Oh, what an understatement!  His declaration is Law.  His word is His will.  What He says is done.  How different are we!  Our words vanish into the air and achieve nothing; they create nothing.  Our words are meant to conform to truth by declaring the truth we have heard from God.  Our words conform to reality by rightly and accurately describing as best we can what we experience through our senses in God’s world.  Of course, our words can bless or curse, but these are commands we give which may or may not happen according to the tractability of that which we seek to command.  Not so with God.  Nothing lies intractable, immovable, before Him; for He created all things, and by His will they were and are created (Revelation 4:11).

In between God’s declarations of His divine name is His affirmation of His covenant with the children of Israel.  He made a covenant with their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them and their descendants the land of Canaan.  He reaffirms this covenant declaring that He will deliver them from bondage to the Egyptians.  He claims them as His people, and declares to them that He, the LORD Himself, will be their God.  God has spoken: They will be redeemed; they will be His people; they will know that He is the LORD their God.  They have only to wait upon Him, trust, and obey.  May we gain assurance knowing that our God has spoken, He has redeemed us through His Son, He has promised us eternal life.  He is the LORD!

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