11/25/18 – Eternal and Immutable I Am – We can Count on the Eternal Unchanging God and Count on Him to Change Us

Exodus 3:7-15 ESV
7 Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” 13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.'” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

A. Moses overcommits himself before realizing what God would be asking of him.
B. Moses first response when called by God is to ask, “who me?”

A. God is an eternal God, who is perpetually at work in human history on behalf of His people.
B. God will not just send Moses, but will stay with Moses.
C. God is more than immortal. God is eternal, having no beginning or end.
D. God is not just eternally present, but eternally active in the affairs of the world.

A. Knowing God’s name would mean Moses spoke with God’s authority.
B. The name God gives Himself tells us that God is mysterious.
C. The name God gives Himself tells us that He is immutable and unchanging.

1. Because God never changes, we can count on God, and count on God to change us.
2. Jesus is the I Am, the God of Moses in the burning bush and believing that is a matter of eternal life or death. (John 8:24,28)

Exodus 3:15-4:9 Closed and Just