what’s in a name

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

Kenwood Fellowship Church
September 13, 2015
Ken Bashford, Pastor-61211

Message: “WHAT IS IN A NAME”
Text: Exodus 3 and 4
MEMORY VERSE- Psalm 9:10
“Those who know Your Name will trust in You, for You, LORD have never forsaken those who seek You”


The God Jehovah contacts Moses through use of a bush that is on fire but not consumed by the fire. When Moses goes to get a closer look at the bush, God speaks with Him and tells Him that He is going to use Moses as His instrument to rescue the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt. Immediately Moses comes up with reasons [five of them] as to why God should use someone else; 3:11-who am I that I should be called to do this; 3:13-I don’t what to tell the Children of Israel Your name is, 4:1-they won’t believe me;4:10-I don’t speak very well; please sent someone else.

Each objection is answered by God as God reminds Moses that He will be with Him, He will empower him, He will go before him, and He will take care of everything-including bringing Moses’ brother Aaron into the plan to go with Moses. As Moses begins his journey back to Egypt with his children, his wife-Zipporah and Aaron-he sees God working through Zipporah to save his life and in the Children of Israel in the way he is received.

What does this mean for me today?

In the English bible we miss a lot of who God, how He is seen and what He is doing because we don’t use the Hebrew names for God-we substitute the works LORD and God. But, in the original language the Names of God take on more significant as the people gives names to the one true God based upon what He is doing at the moment.

The story of Moses being called, God is mentioned by His covenant name with Israel-JEHOVAH [Yahweh-YHWH]-this is name He uses when describing His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

In looking at this and other Jewish names of God we see how God promises to provide-and then does, how He promises to heal-and does-promises to counsel, correct, direct and redirect and He does. It reminds us that God is truthful in both His promises to the children of Israel and He is faithful to His followers today-our great task is to constantly be looking at where He is working and come and join in the work-with glad hearts

NOTICE, that God promised to go with Moses wherever he send him, and also notice that God did not give him this task to handle it alone. First and foremost God in His Spirit would be with him, also he sending Zipporah his wife with him and He would also send Aaron his brother. In fact, later God also includes Moses sister Miriam and Moses father in law, Jethro to come also and help. God is faithful, trustworthy-forgiving-merciful-kind-loving and just-He is there for us to worship and honor HIM and HIM alone-and in that worship we find God working in/through us to change the world.

Moses had the ability and training to carry out the task that God had given Him, but He lacked the courage and the faith in God to lead and help him complete the work ahead. The Spirit of God in and around Moses and the people that God included in his life help give Moses the encouragement, the foresight and spirit community Moses needed to start on the journey that God was sending him on.

Jesus did the same sort of thing when He send the disciples out in two’s rather than as individuals. God is always there to give us a destiny, hope and courage to accomplish the work ahead, and others to share with us the glory of being a servant for the Lord, God, Jehovah.


Deuteronomy 4:1
“And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. (Moses delivering the LORD’s message)
1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.
John 15:14
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (Jesus’ speaking)
Galatians 5:13-14
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
2 John 1:6
And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
Romans 2:6-8
He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.
Rewards of Obedience
Genesis 22:17-18
I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” (The LORD speaking to Abraham through an angel)
Proverbs 13:13
Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
Psalms 1:1-2
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Luke 11:28
But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Jesus speaking)