What's in a Name?

"Then Moses said to God, 'Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? what shall I say to them?"

- Exodus 3:13

God Who? (Part 1)

It was a day much like any other. Moses was tending the sheep of his father-in-law unaware that the events of that day would change the course of his life and alter human history. As he sat to rest a strange event captured his attention. A bush burned, yet was not consumed. With great curiosity, Moses moved closer to investigate. It was then that the Lord spoke to him.

The Lord introduced Himself as the God of Moses' father- the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was then that Moses knew it was the God of his Hebrew mother Jochebed that spoke. At this time, Moses did not know God. He grew up in the ways of the Egyptians. He was educated about the many gods of Egypt, but knew little about the God of the Hebrews. As a young child, while in the care of Jochebed, he was taught about the true God, but once he entered the care of his Egyptian mother, his understanding of God morphed. Thus, as Moses became of age, a series of event and his misunderstanding of God and God's will caused him to flee for his life into the wilderness.

As the years passed, God was able to work on Moses' character, but had not until this time revealed Himself. It was no wonder Moses was perplexed at this revelation. As God revealed His plan for the freedom of Israel, Moses questioned God. The greatest question of which was, "Who are you?" It was with this question Moses began his walk with God.

Moses' question to God was who are you? What is your name? Who shall I say sent me? God had already introduced Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This introduction was enough for Moses to know who was speaking to him. Why then did Moses want to know God's name? What is it about a name? What is it really that Moses wanted to know?

A name is the shortest summary of everything you are! When a name is heard, we automatically think of that person. We consider their ways, their attitude, their actions, and how they make us feel. Our name is our reputation. Proverbs 22:1 states that a good name is of much more value than great riches. Why then did Moses want to know God's name? Moses' desire was to know more than God's name; he was in actuality asking God, "What is your character."

Do you know God's name? Do you truly know His character? It is His desire that you may know Him. The only way that you may know Him, is to spend time with Him. No matter how busy your day may be, make time that you, like Moses, may acquaint yourself with the God of Heaven.

God Bless,
Gavin Gaynair