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Summary: A short (1 pg!) reflection on God’s Holy Name. This is part of a praise service

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Title: Short Reflection on the Divine Name

Text: Exodus 3:13-15

We all know that names, especially in Bible times, took on amazing significance. So, this week, when I was study Moses’ encounter with God, I started wondering, why is it that God chose to give himself the name that he did.

Think about it for a moment – most gods you hear about had names that said something about what they did. Thor and thunder are the same word. Bacchus is all about wine. Even the prophets had names that said something about themselves. Israel means, ‘I struggle with God.’ Zechariah says, ‘The Lord has remembered.’ Daniel says, ‘God is my strength.’ And even Jesus was given a name that said what he did – Yeshua – God delivers. God saves.

But God’s name is something else altogether. When asked, ‘Who are you? What is your name?’ God replied simply, ‘I am who I am.’

Now, unless God was trying to say that he’s Popeye the sailor man, that name is hard to figure out. I mean what does it say that he does? Frankly it doesn’t. It simply says, ‘I am.’

But you know what? When Rachel falls down and scrapes her knee, she doesn’t need to know that her daddy is ‘master of bandages.’ She just needs to know, I’m here for you.

And when life is changing all around us, when nothing is secure, it is a comfort to know that God is still God. He hasn’t left me, he hasn’t forsaken me. From morning until morning, he is the same. There is no shadow of turning with him. He simply is who he is. There is no pretense, there is no conforming to social expectation of what God is supposed to be, he simply is who he is. We already know who he is. He just is who he has always been.

But perhaps, most importantly and most comforting of all is this. God is God. It’s comforting to know that he is God and I am not. I don’t have to worry about ordering my world, making sure that everything is in place, because God is God. I know it sounds like a tautology – you know one of those sentences like ‘Red is Red,’ but there is great power in knowing that God is God. It means simply that I don’t have to pretend like I am. God’s a lot better at being God than I ever can hope to be. That means I can let him be God, and I don’t have to worry. He is who he is. Praise God.

Long Branch Baptist Church

Halfway, Virginia; est. 1786

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Enter to Worship

Prelude David Witt

Invocation Psalm 100

*Opening Hymn #2

“Come Thou Almighty King”

Welcome & Announcements

*Offertory Hymn #10

“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”

Offertory Mr. Witt

*Doxology

*Responsive Reading #1 (Forgiveness) [See Right]

Songs of Confession and Forgiveness

Prayer & Meditation

*Responsive Reading #2 (Supplication) [See Right]

Songs of Supplication

Prayer

Scripture (Exodus 3:13-15) & Short Reflection

*Responsive Reading #3 (Praise) [See Right]

Songs of Praise

Closing Hymn “It is Well with My Soul” #339

Closing Prayer

Benediction

Congregational Response

May the grace of Christ of Savior / And the Father’s boundless love

With the Holy Spirit’s favor / Rest upon us from above. Amen.


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