Summary: A sermon about how the name of God is the nature of His relationship to us.

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• The heart of worship is relationship.

• Knowing God makes it easy to worship Him.

• He reveals Himself to us when we worship Him and He did the same for Moses.

• Worship is deep relationship with God.


• The story of Mt. Horeb (Mt. Sinai) and the burning bush.

Exodus 3:13-14,13”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? 14God 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.’”

• This is one of the most famous stories in the book but most of us have no idea what it is about!

• Vs. 15 - I am is all about relationship and revelation.

• When God called Moses at the bush what did he say? In verse 3?

• “Moses Moses” he called him by name. When you meet someone what do you do or say?

• Hi I am ____. And they say, nice to meet you I am ____.

• That is what happened here. God called Moses by name then introduced for the first time his name. ”I am.”

• His memorial name, not great rendering. The name to remember me by.

• This name is the heart of God. His nature is bound up here. He is revealing Himself at a level never before experienced by people.

• I am in Hebrew is, “I will be” or to be or I am – hahva.

• Same word used in vs. 12. ”I will be with you.”

• This is called the tetra-grammaton…or 4 letters…tetra 4 and gramma letter

• Used over 5000x in Old Testament as God’s name.

• It is the name Yahweh. According to Jewish tradition it is regarded as 'not to be uttered' in order never to profane it in any way.

• In Judaism it is 'Adonai', meaning 'Lord'.

• Reveals the fullness of His nature. All of God's nature and attributes are embodied in His name.

• The main concept here has to do with the elusive term "being". Some things "are", while others "are not". If you want a fancy word, this is an ontological issue.

• I'd like you to think about a coin. It exists, right? Coins have two sides, heads and tails. They are opposite but equal, in that both exist.

Philosophers say that "heads" and "tails" have the same ontological status, which is a convenient way to say that they both exist in the same degree and the same manner.

• Now what other things can we think of that are opposites with equal ontological statuses? Let's try these:

* left and right

* north and south

* front and back

* male and female

* open and closed

* sweet and sour

• However, there are many pairs of opposites that do not share the same ontological status.

• Light and dark, for one. Darkness is simply the absence of light.

• Light is. Darkness is the absence of what is. And yhwh is light. Yhwh is. Light is. Darkness is not.

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