Knowing God the Father Pt. 2
On Sunday we continued to discover more about God the Father in our Back 2 the Basics sermon series. Exodus 3:1-15 recounts God revealing Himself to Moses in the form of the burning bush. Through the burning bush, God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and lead the people of Israel out of Egypt and free them from their slavery. When Moses asked God what His name was, God responded, “I AM WHO I AM.”
As we did last week, we will cover three different elements of knowing God. First, we need to know who He is. In His role as Eloheim/Adonai/Jehovah (GOD), He is completely aware of our hardship. He sees, hears and knows our oppression. But at the core of who God is, He is love. So as Abba (Father), He desires to respond to that oppression. As Abba, He takes offense when someone comes against His children. In the beginning of Psalm 18 David details the hardship he endured. Then in verse 6 he cried out to God for help. God heard David’s cry and He responded! Sometimes God is just waiting for us to acknowledge where we are at and cry out to Him for help.
Second, we talked about what God is like. I AM WHO I AM. He is the way-maker, healer, finance provider, debt crusher, promise keeper, etc. You cannot add to who God is because He is ALL. You cannot “one-up” Him. He is unlimited. No matter what is beating you down, it is not bigger than your Daddy is.
The last element we discussed is what God wants. There are three different character roles in our key Scripture this week— Moses, the Israelites and the Egyptians. The Egyptians were those who were oppressing God’s people, the Israelites were those who were in bondage and captivity and Moses is the one who God used to free the oppressed (the Israelites). He commanded Moses to go free the oppressed and held in captivity. In Isaiah 61 it says, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.” He desires that we allow Him to use us to set free those who are in captivity!
I posed a question on Sunday for everyone to ponder, and I pray that you would take some time to consider it as well. What role would you play in the story of Moses?