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Today we are starting a new series based on the book of Exodus, that reveals God’s concern for His people.

The series is titled “The God Who Reveals Himself in Times of Need”

Today we are discussing The God Who Introduces Himself.

Text

Exodus 3:14 (AMP)

14 God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am”; and He said, “You shall say this to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’”

Scripture Reading

Exodus 3:1-22 (AMP)

Introduction

Have you ever been to a conference or meeting and there is an activity where you have to introduce yourself?

Have you thought about how difficult it can be?

What do you say about yourself?

You don’t want to say too much, but you want to say enough.

Introducing yourself can be difficult.

God introduced Himself to Moses.

Exodus 3:13 (AMP)

13 Then Moses said to God, “Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers (ancestors) has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 

God proceeded to give one of the clearest disclosures of Himself.

Let’s have a look at some truths that God said about Himself.

  1. God described himself as a personal God.
  1. The Old Testament disclosures of God are personal.

When God revealed Himself to humankind, He disclosed Himself in personal terms.

He talked with man.

Genesis 3:9 (AMP)

9 But the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, “Where are you?” 

God is described as walking with human beings, Genesis 5:24 (AMP)

24 And [in reverent fear and obedience] Enoch walked with God; and he was not [found among men], because God took him [away to be home with Him].

God shared feelings in a personal way.

Exodus 2:24 (AMP)

24 So God heard their groaning and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel).

God is not an impersonal force. 

He is not an unmoved mover.

He is the Lord God Almighty, a personal God.

B. The New Testament disclosures of God are personal.

John 1:14 (AMP)

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception). 

God came in human flesh to give us understandable disclosure of Himself.

Because Jesus came to earth, He identified with personal problems and situations.

C. God disclosed Himself in a personal Holy Spirit.

God is at work in the world today in a personal way.

He works through His Holy Spirit to convince the unsaved of sin, righteousness, and judgement.

He seeks entry into human lives.

When a person opens their life to God, the Holy Spirit lives within that person.

The Holy Spirit is not a force or influence.

He is a person.

2. God disclosed Himself as a powerful God.

  1. The Old Testament shows us God is powerful.

The old Testament begins with God’s ability to create a world out of nothing.

It continues with His ability to destroy the world with a flood.

When God introduced Himself to Moses, He made it clear that He had the power to deliver Israel from the Egyptians.

Look through the Old Testament, and the prominent fact of God’s power emerges.

B. The New Testament shows us God is powerful.

We cannot read about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ without seeing God’s power.

Jesus’ miracles dramatically show His power.

He showed His power over nature by calming a storm.

He commanded demons with authority.

He healed handicaps and disease.

And He even defeated death.

C. God is still as powerful as He ever was.

He is changing lives.

Look around and see the lives He is in the process of changing.

3. God showed Himself as a preeminent God.

  1. The Old Testament reveals God as one who tolerates no rival. 

Pharaoh sought to get the Israelites to compromise.

God spoke through Moses about total commitment to Him 

He would not tolerate partial allegiance to Jehovah and partial allegiance to Egypt.

Throughout all of the Old Testament, God demanded allegiance to Him and to Him alone.

B. Jesus allowed for no divided loyalty.

He forbade a man to buy a farm before flooring Him.

He left a man who wanted to try out some oxen.

He stated clearly in Matthew 6:24 (AMP)

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord].

C. God deserves preeminence.

God can command undivided loyalty because He is the only true God.

If people will not allow Him preeminence now, He will demand preeminence later.

Philippians 2:10-11 (AMP)

10 so that at the name of Jesus [a]every knee shall bow [in submission], of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 

11 and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father.

4. God showed Himself as a pardoning God.

  1. The Old Testament pictures God as forgiving.

When God introduced Himself to Moses, He disclosed many traits about Himself.

One feature inherent in God’s character is His willingness to forgive.

When Israel broke the covenant and worshipped a golden calf, God was willing to forgive.

Look through the Old Testament, and you will see the God who forgives.

B. The New Testament dramatically portrays God’s nature as one who forgives.

A casual reading of the life and ministry of Jesus shows God as willing to forgive.

Jesus practiced the art of forgiving sinners, and the world of His day could hardly believe the magnitude of His forgiveness.

C. God is ready to forgive today.

Many groan in their guilt because they do not know the real nature of God.

He is willing to forgive.

This means that He restores their relationship with Him, and He remits the sin debt.

Praise God for the One who forgives! 

Conclusion.

God introduced Himself to Moses and told Moses about His character.

Moses in turn opened his life to this great God.

The same God introduces Himself to you.

Open your life to Him today!

Until next time

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