Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 13, 2022

“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” – “Your reward shall be very great.”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 3:1-6.  

“Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian;  and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush;  and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.  So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.”  When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”  And he said, “Here I am.”  Then He said, “Do not come near here;  remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”  He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”  Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.”  Exodus 3:1-6.  


What was the LORD communicating about Himself by His introduction of Himself when He said to Moses:  “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”?

Let us look at these introductions of Himself to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Introduction to Abraham:

“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying,

“Do not fear, Abram,
I am a shield to you;
Your reward shall be very great.

Abram said, “O LORD God, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”  And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.”  Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir;  but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.”  And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.”  And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”  Then he believed in the LORD;  and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.”  Genesis 15:1-6.

Introduction to Isaac:

“The LORD appeared to him (Isaac) and said, “Do not go down to Egypt;  stay in the land of which I shall tell you.  Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.  I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands;  and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;  because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.”  Genesis 26:2-5.

“The LORD appeared to him (Isaac) the same night and said,

“I am the God of your father Abraham;
Do not fear, for I am with you.
I will bless you, and multiply your descendants,
For the sake of My servant Abraham.” Genesis 26:24.

Introduction to Jacob:

“And behold, the LORD stood above it and said (to Jacob), “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac;  the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.  Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south;  and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”  Genesis 28:13-14.

Thus, in summary and to paraphrase, the LORD was likewise introducing Himself to Moses as He did to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob:  “I am your Rewarder.”

But, there is hope for us too!  The LORD is also our Rewarder!

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6. 

“The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.”  So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.”  Galatians 3:8-9.

“10 Behold, the LORD God will come with might,
With His arm ruling for Him.
Behold, His reward is with Him
And His recompense before Him.
11 Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,
In His arm He will gather the lambs
And carry them in His bosom;
He will gently lead the nursing ewes.” Isaiah 40:10-11.

“11 Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth,
Say to the daughter of Zion, “Lo, your salvation comes;
Behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.”
12 And they will call them, “The holy people,
The redeemed of the LORD”;
And you will be called, “Sought out, a city not forsaken.” Isaiah 62:11-12.

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”  Revelation 22:12.

But, finally, let us be careful to not think of a reward as something that is given to us that leaves Christ. Sadly, how often we try to grab the reward away from Christ, turn our back on Christ, hide the reward in our bosom, forget Christ, and focus on a thing that we think is our reward! Notice that each of the Scriptures state that “His reward is with Him” or words to that effect.

“for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17.

Likewise, we read that every spiritual blessing is “in Christ”.

“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,” Ephesians 1:3.

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. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ …” Ephesians 1:7-8.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32.


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