Creed: Who is God to You?
- Friday, August 27, 2004
Who is God to you? In the last “chapter” of Creed, we talked about the names of God and what they mean; each name synonymous with who God is. At times, the Old Testament writers called him LORD, or Adoni. At other times, they called Him El Shaddai, as well as a host of other names.
As Christians we have given to Jesus some of the most beautiful names imaginable, such as “Rose of Sharon,” “the Bright and Morning Star,” and “Fairest of Ten Thousand.” But let’s take a moment to look at who He said He was…and is…and evermore shall be.
Who He Was to Moses
“In the beginning, God.”
These are the first four words of the best selling book of all time, the Bible. “In the beginning… Elohiym, a plural intensive title with a single meaning, which is “the true God.” In the beginning, God was made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God has always been who He is and will always be who He is.
This is exciting to know! The Jesus we read about in the New Testament stories and letters is the same who took part in the creating of the world, who walked with Enoch, and who made covenant with Abraham. Jesus is God and was present when Jacob became Israel, when Joseph was sold into slavery and then raised to a high position in Egypt, and it was Jesus who was present when the Hebrew children moved southward into Egypt during a great famine.
It was Jesus whose shoulders slumped and whose heart broke as His children became Egyptian slaves and it was Jesus who was present at the birth of a little baby boy named Moses; an infant who would grow to be the great leader of his people.
For anyone who has never read the story or seen the movie (where have you been?), Moses was born a Hebrew slave and raised as an Egyptian prince. A grown man, he murdered a “fellow” Egyptian, then fled into the desert of Midian. There, he married a daughter of Jethro, Zipporah, with whom he had two sons. He became a shepherd.
One day, while Moses was “pasturing the flock” (Exodus 3:1), he came to Mt. Horeb, known as “the Mountain of God.” There, he encountered “the burning bush,” which—though in flames—did not burn up. One can imagine the look he might have given it. What is that? Not something to be rushed up to, but certainly something to be investigated.
And then a voice came out of the bush.
Now, here’s the amazing part (as if a burning bush is not amazing enough).
When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am." "Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (Exodus 3: 4-6)
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