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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Kingdom Story Part I: The Kingdom of God Is Announced

So God’s deliverance of His people began with revealing something of Himself and His name and character to Moses. We exist because of the choice of our parents; He exists because He is God.

What does the revelation of God, the unveiling of his name, do to you?




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Kingdom Story Part I: The Kingdom of God Is Announced

By Evan Nehring


The story of Moses and the Exodus is a story of God breaking through for the good of His people. It’s the first time in the Bible that the kingdom of God is mentioned very explicitly and clearly. In Exodus 15:18, Moses and the Israelites sang these words “The LORD will reign forever and ever.”

As God’s people, that’s what we want: God to break in and bring his kingdom reign in our hearts and lives in a way that will affect our world. That’s some serious power to change!

Slavery in Egypt

The Egyptian empire was at the height of its power when Joseph was sold into slavery and ultimately his whole extended family ended up in Egypt to escape the famine. Years passed, the friendly Pharaoh or king died and a new Pharaoh began to feel threatened by the rabbit-like population growth of the Israelite people.

This Pharaoh’s solution was to enslave them and oppress them so that they couldn't revolt. The people were crushed into submission and their ability to worship God together and enjoy life as His people was taken away. They needed God to set them free.

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Pyramids of Khufu and Khafre, Egypt

Kingdom Announcement – The Revelation of the Divine Name

Enter Moses. God met Moses out in the desert in a very strange and interesting way. While Moses was watching sheep, he noticed a bush burning and it turned out to be a supernatural thing. God met him there in that place and told Moses He had heard the cries of His enslaved people, and was about to do something about it.

Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?"

God said to Moses, "I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' " (Exodus 3:13-14)

The Hebrew name for God here is YHWH. It was considered so holy in the centuries to come that the Hebrew people substituted the word Adonai or Lord to avoid pronouncing God's most holy name. The King James Version carried on this tradition by using all capitals, LORD, to translate YHWH. In the Hebrew, it carries a unique ability to refer to being in the past, present or future tense. This name is so full of meaning: I was, I continue to be, I will be.

So God’s deliverance of His people began with revealing something of Himself and His name and character to Moses. We exist because of the choice of our parents; He exists because He is God.

And more than this, because the eternal God has just broken in, look out because SOMETHING is about to change! God is about to let fly with some serious fireworks and signs and wonders! He is coming to confront and interrupt the historical situation! He is here to set people free and transform their lives!

When we connect with God, we realize that His power is there for us. It doesn't mean that He’s our heavenly Santa Claus, ready to fly through the night with a bag of our requested toys. But it DOES mean that as we get close to Him and learn His heart and join Him in His work, He’ll bring His freedom in our lives.

Comments Are Always Welcome...

I'll continue the story of the Kingdom of God next time. The revelation of God inspires me to worship. It humbles me. It does so many things. What does the revelation of God, the unveiling of his name, do to you?
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2 comments:

  1. A couple of little details. In Hebrew they did't write vowels hence why the vowel sounds disappeared. In addition Jehovah was the combination of YHWH with the vowels from Adonai (meaning Lord). Of course, they may have substituted Adonai in as it may have contained the vowels from YHWH but that's not clear.

    I'm interested to see where you go with this :)

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    1. Chris, I really appreciate your feedback. I'm not sure from which source I pulled that information but I sincerely don't want to perpetuate misinformation...especially on that topic! I've updated that paragraph with some information based out of the ISBE, highlighted in red for the time being. The net effect of the Hebrew reverence for the name YHWH is similar, but I agree that those details are very important. Thanks!

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