A promise is often trusted more fully when you can trust the the name behind the promise. When you shop for a product or you see an infomercial explaining why satisfaction is guaranteed if you buy a particular item, that guarantee is more likely to persuade you if you know the brand name and know it is trustworthy. But even these promises often fail.
In Exodus 6, Moses is nearing despair as Pharaoh has increased the burdens of the people of God. This seems to Moses and to the people to go directly against God’s own promise to deliver the people. But the Lord responds to Moses graciously. He reminds him of His own invincible sovereignty and that Pharaoh will do what God ordains, and He also reminds him of His Name and of His covenantal faithfulness.
Exodus 6:2-3 reads, “God spoke to Moses and said to him, ‘I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God almighty, but by my name I did not make myself known to them.” Moses received a fuller revelation than even Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as he is more aware than they of the significance of God’s Name, as God had revealed Himself in the burning bush. God is the One who is self-existent. God is the One who is self-sufficient. God is the One who is faithful to His covenant promises, and in His Name we are reminded of these truths. Moses can trust in the character of God, and Moses can trust in the Name of God. His promises never fail.
The people of Israel fail to trust in the Lord at this time as they themselves are despairing. Moses himself is on the cusp of despair as he sees the condition of the people. And yet, in spite of their lack of trust in Him, the Lord is still faithful.
Has there ever been a time in your life in which no matter what good news you heard or what you knew to be true, it seemed as if you just could not listen or could not believe? Perhaps you need the reminder of Exodus 6 that God is faithful and that His promises are certain. Will you join us this Lord’s Day evening for worship at The Commons at St. Andrews Church in Little Rock as we consider these truths? Click here for directions or contact us for more information. We meet at 5 PM, and you can also watch on FacebookLive@RiverCityARP and on YouTube.