Daily Thoughts : May 20th
Ex 3:6 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.
This is part of the early conversation between the Lord and Moses at the burning bush. Moses has seen the flames and heard a voice calling. When he goes over he finds The Presence in the flames identifying Himself in this way. Put most simply, the Lord describes Himself as the God with whom Moses' ancestors had had dealings.
Now in those days, history was passed on by word of mouth, so the stories of Genesis would have been passed on down through the families. There were probably over a million people in Egypt belonging to Israel by now. That is a lot of people and the stories involving Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would have been passed on by many. Almost certainly Moses would know of these stories, even though he had grown up in Pharaoh's palace, because he had become very interested in his people (Ex 2:11).
Moses would know about God calling Abram to Canaan and miraculously giving him a son in old age. He would have known about Isaac being childless for twenty years until God enabled his wife to have Esau and Jacob. He would know about Jacob's life of wrestling with God. He knew that this God DID THINGS with people – and now here He was, talking to Moses.
Do you realise that God wants to DO THINGS in and through you? That is the sort of God with whom we have to do!
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