A Name to Bear
God also said to Moses, “Say to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.”
This is why I’m going through the Old Testament in the 21st century. This is why I’m looking to this dusty, old manuscript even in the digital age. Because look what God has given us through it! A starting point we can always go back to when we lose our way: a trail we can follow directly to His heart: a forever Name we can call out and cling to when nations rage and constitutions collapse and all else around us crumbles. This word is as good in winter as it is in summer, in famine as in plenty, in war trenches as in vacations at the beach, in dark ages as in ages of enlightenment, in sickness as in health, and it never fails because it distinguishes a Heart that never changes. So friend, if, by tomorrow, you walk out your front door and don’t recognize the world anymore. Even if every aspect of life has been transformed before your eyes. Even if all the Jacks on your street are now Jills, and the Jills are all Jacks, and the red, white, and blue flags have become rainbows, and pets are pampered like kids, and kids are aborted as appendages, and virtue is vice, and truth is heresy, and love is bigotry, God remains un-transable. He’s always the Father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, always the Father of Christ and the apostles and the church fathers, always your Father and mine, and always the same in His glorious perfection yesterday, today, and forever!
So cling to Exodus 3:15 today even as the whole world goes mad around you, friend. The Name of our great God has been passed down as a banner from Abraham’s generation all the way down to ours, and it never changes, never becomes outdated, and never loses its power. And oh what an awesome privilege it is for us to bear it in our present generation, and to carry it forward into the next.