Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 5:1-15.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+5&version=NASB1995

I quote only the following verses.  

“And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’”  But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice to let Israel go?  I do not know the LORD, and besides, I will not let Israel go.”  Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us.  Please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.”  But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you draw the people away from their work?  Get back to your labors!”  Again Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now many, and you would have them cease from their labors!”  So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters over the people and their foremen, saying, “You are no longer to give the people straw to make brick as previously;  let them go and gather straw for themselves.  But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them;  you are not to reduce any of it.  Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’  Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words.”  Exodus 5:1-9.

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It was Pharaoh, not Moses, who was speaking all these false words.

The world bombards us with its false words through TV, internet, and all other types of media.  In addition, the world surrounds us by people that we meet in person with false words through employment, schools, and social contacts.

If we do not labor in studying God’s word, then we will be overcome by the false words and be led astray.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.  But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.  …”  2 Timothy 2:15-17.   

But, what about the straw? We need the straw.

We don’t need straw! “The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain?” declares the LORD. “Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?” Jeremiah 23:28-29.

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;  Avoid such men as these. … always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  …

…  You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;  so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:1-5 and 7 and 14-17.

“We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.  For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”  Colossians 1:28-29.

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 4:27-31.

“Now the LORD said to Aaron, “Go to meet Moses in the wilderness.”  So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him.  Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which He had sent him, and all the signs that He had commanded him to do.  Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel;  and Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses.  He then performed the signs in the sight of the people.  So the people believed;  and when they heard that the LORD was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.”  Exodus 4:27-31.

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God had promised that the people would believe.

“that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”  Exodus 4:5.

“Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.  So I said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt … to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’  They will pay heed to what you say;  …”  Exodus 3:16-18. 

Certainly, the signs were used and helped, but they were, so to speak, only the means of grace through which Israel believed.  God had promised that the people would believe.  

The lesson for us is to trust God and His promises more than whatever virtues and other gifts that we employ that we think are powerful and miraculous.  

First, we see an example of this lesson in 2 Peter chapter 1.  As exhorted, we go forth into this world applying all diligence and supplying all moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.  We may be tempted to think:  “We are doing everything right!”  We may be tempted to take our eyes off God and His promises and rest them on ourselves who are doing everything right.

But then, we remember God and His promises that precede the exhortation to Christian virtue.  “… His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, …”  2 Peter 1:3-4.

Let us first grow in the grace and knowledge of God.  “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;”  2 Peter 1:2.

“10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.” Proverbs 9:10-11.

Second, we see another example of this trust in God and His promises in Ephesians chapter 1.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4. 

“…  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. …”  Ephesians 1:4-8. 

“5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7.

Third, we see another example of this trust in God and His promises in John chapter 6. 

“Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”  Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”  John 6:28-29. 

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him;  and I will raise him up on the last day.”  John 6:44.

“Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed;  all came to pass.”  Joshua 21:45.

Fourth, and as a final example, we see another example of this trust in God and His promises in 1 Corinthians chapter 1. 

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-29. 

“For what does the Scripture say?  “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”  Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.  But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,”  Romans 4:3-5.

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 4:24-26.

“Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the LORD met him and sought to put him to death.  Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and threw it at Moses’ feet, and she said, “You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me.”  So He let him alone.  At that time she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood”—because of the circumcision.”  Exodus 4:24-26.

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Apparently, God sought to put Moses to death because Moses sinned by not circumcising his son when it should have been done.  But, apparently, Zipporah’s immediate action of interceding and performing a bloody circumcision herself in a rush without a religious ceremony, although in a sense shocking in action and words, appeased God, so He let him alone.  

Zipporah’s action reminds us of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross.

“3 He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5.

“And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”  Hebrews 9:22.

“whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.  This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;”  Romans 3:25.

“For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”  Hebrews 10:24.

“and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;”  Colossians 2:11. 

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 4:18-23.

Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+4&version=NASB1995

I quote only the following verses.

“The LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power;  but I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.  Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Israel is My son, My firstborn.  So I said to you, ‘Let My son go that he may serve Me’;  but you have refused to let him go.  Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.”’”  Exodus 4:21-23.

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There are two major purposes why the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that Pharaoh would not let Israel, the LORD’s chosen people, go.  First, the LORD wanted to make His power known.  Second, the LORD wanted to make a sharp distinction between His chosen people and the others.  

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “…  But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.  When Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by great judgments.  The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst.”  Exodus 7:1 and 3-5.

“Moses said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones;  all the firstborn of the cattle as well.  Moreover, there shall be a great cry in all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been before and such as shall never be again.  But against any of the sons of Israel a dog will not even bark, whether against man or beast, that you may understand how the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’  All these your servants will come down to me and bow themselves before me, saying, ‘Go out, you and all the people who follow you,’ and after that I will go out.”  And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger.

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that My wonders will be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”  Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh;  yet the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go out of his land.”  Exodus 11:4-10.

“For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH.”  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”  Romans 9:17-18.

“What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?  And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.”  Romans 9:22-24.

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 4:10-17.

“Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant;  for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”  The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth?  Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind?  Is it not I, the LORD?  Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.”  But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.”

Then the anger of the LORD burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite?  I know that he speaks fluently.  And moreover, behold, he is coming out to meet you;  when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.  You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth;  and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do.  Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people;  and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him.  You shall take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs.”  Exodus 4:10-17.

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God will accomplish all His good pleasure.  God has spoken;  truly He will bring it to pass.  God has planned it, surely He will do it.  

“For the LORD will not abandon His people,
Nor will He forsake His inheritance.” Psalm 94:14.

“30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
And his tongue speaks justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
His steps do not slip.” Psalm 37:30-31.

The LORD will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8.

“But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say;  for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say.  For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”  Matthew 10:19-20.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure
’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it
.” Isaiah 46:9-11.

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 4:1-9.

“Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say?  For they may say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you.’”  The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?”  And he said, “A staff.”  Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.”  So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent;  and Moses fled from it.  But the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— “that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

The LORD furthermore said to him, “Now put your hand into your bosom.”  So he put his hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow.  Then He said, “Put your hand into your bosom again.”  So he put his hand into his bosom again, and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh.  “If they will not believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they may believe the witness of the last sign.  But if they will not believe even these two signs or heed what you say, then you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground;  and the water which you take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”  Exodus 4:1-9.

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“Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel;  and Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses.  He then performed the signs in the sight of the people.  So the people believed;  and when they heard that the LORD was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.”  Exodus 4:29-31.

It is noteworthy that two separate reactions were mentioned.  When Israel saw the signs, they believed.  But, “when they heard that the LORD was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.”   

The above-quoted Exodus 4:29-31 Scripture leads us to meditate on the importance of including both elements in our worship.  We want to present the power of God, so people will believe.  But, we also want to present the concern a/k/a care of God, so people will worship God more fully.     

“Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm chapter 100.

Consider how the Heidelberg Catechism presents both the power of God and His care.

Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence) is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God,  and willing, being a faithful Father.

“Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;
2 Sing the glory of His name;
Make His praise glorious.
3 Say to God, “How awesome are Your works!
Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.
4 “All the earth will worship You,
And will sing praises to You;
They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah.

5 Come and see the works of God,
Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.
6 He turned the sea into dry land;
They passed through the river on foot;
There let us rejoice in Him!
7 He rules by His might forever;
His eyes keep watch on the nations;
Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

8 Bless our God, O peoples,
And sound His praise abroad,
9 Who keeps us in life
And does not allow our feet to slip.

13 I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings;
I shall pay You my vows,
14 Which my lips uttered
And my mouth spoke when I was in distress.
15 I shall offer to You burnt offerings of fat beasts,
With the smoke of rams;
I shall make an offering of bulls with male goats. Selah.

16 Come and hear, all who fear God,
And I will tell of what He has done for my soul.
17 I cried to Him with my mouth,
And He was extolled with my tongue.
18 If I regard wickedness in my heart,
The Lord will not hear;
19 But certainly God has heard;
He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer
Nor His lovingkindness from me.” Psalm 66:1-9 and 13-20.

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 3:18-22.

“They will pay heed to what you say;  and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So now, please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’  But I know that the king of Egypt will not permit you to go, except under compulsion.  So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles which I shall do in the midst of it;  and after that he will let you go.  I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians;  and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed.  But every woman shall ask of her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house, articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing;  and you will put them on your sons and daughters. Thus you will plunder the Egyptians.”  Exodus 3:18-22.

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As amazing and awesome God’s miracles were by which He struck Egypt, God’s grant of favor to His people in the sight of the Egyptians was equally amazing and awesome. Despite the number and intensity of these miracles the king of Egypt did not let Israel merely go until the last of the miracles a/k/a plagues. God hardened the heart of Pharaoh. In comparison, the one and only grant of favor by God to Israel, His people, resulted in the Egyptians voluntarily giving their valuables (articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing) to Israel. God softened the hearts of the Egyptians.  

The purpose of this comparison and this devotion is to lead us to meditate on God’s favor toward us.

“For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12.

“For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people?  Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?”

The LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken;  for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.”  Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!”  And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you;  and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”  Exodus 33:16-19.

We know from Romans chapter 9 that this statement (“I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”) is the basis of our salvation and is one of the finest expressions of “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt.  Thus, in one word, God’s favor of us is the basis or reason of our salvation. 

“4 Remember me, O LORD, in Your favor toward Your people;
Visit me with Your salvation
,
5 That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,
That I may glory with Your inheritance.” Psalm 106:4-5.

“O LORD, You showed favor to Your land;
You restored the captivity of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of Your people;
You covered all their sin. Selah.
3 You withdrew all Your fury;
You turned away from Your burning anger.” Psalm 85:1-3.

“4 Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:4-5.

“For by their own sword they did not possess the land,
And their own arm did not save them,
But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence,
For You favored them.” Psalm 44:3.

“By Your favor do good to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.” Psalm 51:18.

“For You are the glory of their strength,
And by Your favor our horn is exalted.” Psalm 89:17.

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17.

“I sought Your favor with all my heart;
Be gracious to me according to Your word.” Psalm 119:58.

“10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The LORD favors those who fear Him,
Those who wait for His lovingkindness.” Psalm 147:10-11.

“For he who finds me (wisdom) finds life
And obtains favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 8:35.

“He who diligently seeks good seeks favor,
But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.” Proverbs 11:27.

“A good man will obtain favor from the LORD,
But He will condemn a man who devises evil.” Proverbs 12:2.

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22.

“A good name is to be more desired than great wealth,
Favor is better than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1.

“Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.  But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,”  Romans 4:4.

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 3:13-17.

“Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’  Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’  What shall I say to them?”  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”;  and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”  God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons 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 this is My memorial-name to all generations.  Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.  So I said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’  Exodus 3:13-17. 

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We see two names for God, and each name reveals qualities of God.  His “I AM WHO I AM” name reveals His All-sufficient Being and Almighty qualities, and “The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” name reveals His Heavenly Father qualities.   

Consider His All-sufficient Being and Almighty qualities described in the Westminster Larger Catechism.

Q7:  What is God?

A7:  God is a Spirit, in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection;  all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, everywhere present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.

Consider the comforting combination of His Almighty and Heavenly Father qualities described in the Heidelberg Catechism.

Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence) is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God,  and willing, being a faithful Father.

“O LORD, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!” Psalm 8:1.

“Worship the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11.

“Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.” Psalm 30:4.

“Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.” Matthew 6:9.

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 3:10-12.

“Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.”  But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”  And He said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you:  when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain.”  Exodus 3:10-12.

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Notice the following very different two signs.  Notice the very different nature of the signs.  Notice the very different timing of the signs.  To help meditate on today’s Scripture, ask yourself which sign you would prefer if you were Moses.     

In today’s Scripture, we read of the first sign.  The sign was by nature a confirmation:  Moses would “worship God at this mountain.”  The timing of the sign was that it would occur much later.  The sign would occur after Moses had brought Israel out of Egypt.  Only then, Moses would receive the sign of confirmation that God was with him and that it was God Who had brought Israel out of Egypt.  

In sharp contrast, in the next chapter of Exodus, we read of the second sign when Moses likewise questioned God later.  The sign was that God changed Moses’ staff into a serpent and then changed the serpent back to Moses’ staff.  The timing of the sign was that it occurred immediately after Moses questioned God.  See Exodus 4:1-5.  Wow!  This seems like a much better sign!!

The first lesson is for us to appreciate the signs that God more often gives us.  Consider the following from the Canons of Dordt in the section titled FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination. 

Article 12.  The elect in due time, though in various degrees and in different measures, attain the assurance of this their eternal and unchangeable election, not by inquisitively prying into the secret and deep things of God, but by observing in themselves with a spiritual joy and holy pleasure, the infallible fruits of election pointed out in the Word of God – such as a true faith in Christ, filial fear, a godly sorrow for sin, a hungering and thirsting after righteousness, etc.

“How lovely are Your dwelling places,
O LORD of hosts!
2 My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.” Psalm 84:1-2.

But, there is much more!

God confirms His presence with us and His work within us by Christ dwelling in us so that we can worship God as He desires. 

Sometimes, we get so caught up in checking off all the boxes of how we should worship God that we do not sufficiently consider what is most important.  

Yes, we should worship God in truth, but first, we can only worship God if He puts us in Christ.  “But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, … so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.  And, it is God’s Spirit Who guides us into all the truth.  “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;  …”  John 16:13.  

“The woman *said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.  Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”  Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.  You worship what you do not know;  we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.  But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;  for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.  God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  The woman *said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ);  when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”  Jesus *said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”  John 4:19-26.

“for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,”  Philippians 3:3.

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD;  you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”  1 Peter 2:8-9.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4. 

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 3:7-9.

“The LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.  So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.  Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me;  furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.”  Exodus 3:7-9.

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“The LORD is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.” Proverbs 15:29.

“15 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the LORD is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the LORD hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:15-18.

“18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
20 The LORD keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.” Psalm 145:18-21.

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