The Name of the Lord (Part 1)

Michael Wilcock

READ : Exodus 3:1-15

I am who I am . . . This is my name forever. (vv. 14, 15)

Moses had left Egypt at 40, and he was still in exile at 80 when God met him at the burning bush, in the wilderness of Horeb. The time had arrived at last. He was to go back to his enslaved people as God’s chosen liberator.

That in itself should have answered their question about the meaning of this God’s name Yahweh. Their ancestors had known him, but it would be this generation’s privilege to experience him as their rescuer. As he said to Moses a little later (Exod. 6:1-8), although Abraham and Isaac and Jacob had certainly used the name Yahweh, God had not made himself known as that, for none of them had needed rescuing in quite the way that the slaves in Egypt would. The exodus would be the pattern for ever after of what it means to be saved. Could any of those slaves have imagined that 3,000 years down the line millions of people, in hundreds of languages, in lands they had never heard of, would be worshiping God by the name that they were the first to understand – Lord and Savior, “my title for all generations” (v. 15)?


Thought: It was to save he came; when we call him Savior, then we call him by his name.