Summary: A sermon about how the name of God is the nature of His relationship to us.
• 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.
I. HE IS KNOWN BY HIS NAME
• 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.