Today’s reading is from Exodus 3 – 15.
From the death of Joseph we go to Exodus, showing us that death is not the end. In Exodus we find that God hears the cries of the children of Israel crying for help. He hears their cry, prepares a man from Egypt – one of their own who has grown up with the rulers of Egypt – and sends him back to deliver His children from the bondage that has come about because of lying and deception of the brothers of Joseph.
When God calls a man it is an awesome thing. And it was for Moses,
“And Moses said unto God, ‘Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ And He said, ‘Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.’ And Moses said unto God, ‘Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, ‘The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, ‘What is His name? What shall I say unto them?’ And God said unto Moses, ‘I AM THAT I AM: and He said, ‘Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, ‘I AM hath sent me unto you.’ And God said moreover unto Moses, ‘Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is My name for ever, and this is My memorial unto all generations.” Exodus 3:11-15 (KJV)
Life does indeed go on beyond death, and the grave. And, I do not mean only in the physical realm of life, but also the spiritual. There is an eternity to shun, and there is an eternity to indulge in, and be filled with the greatness and glory of God.
We find in the verses above that God called Moses to go and deliver the children of Israel from their captivity. Who was actually doing the deliverance? Moses was only a man; who had faults, failures, fears and doubts; but was still greatly used by God.
Who was sending Moses? The “I AM”. Meaning the “Self-Existing One” the “Self-Sustaining One”. He needs nothing to be; He is.
He is the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is also the LORD God of Jesus the Son of the LORD God [YHWH-‘Elohyim]. Jesus, the God-man who walked in flesh among us. Jesus the God-man who bled and died on the cross for the sins of mankind as the atonement for our sins. Those who believe in Him will be rejoined with GOD for all eternity. That is the only eternity to indulge, and be filled with the presence, greatness and glory of God.
Something I would like to point out in reading today is the number of times the phrase “…know that I am the LORD” is used. I will not point them out; but it is used many times for the Egyptians, and at least once for the Israelites.
You can know that He is the LORD through Jesus Christ His Son who became sin for us, dying on the cross, being buried, and rising again. He lives; and because He lives we live also.