The Trustworthy Name

The Trustworthy Name

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. 

03/06/2022 | “Wait for It” | Exodus 2:11-22

03/06/2022 | “Wait for It” | Exodus 2:11-22

The idle moment screams, ‘don’t just stand there, do something.’ But God says, ‘don’t just do something, stand there.’  ‘Wait!’ is often God’s plan for us.  Twenty-five times the Psalms counsel us to ‘wait upon the Lord.’   And the rest of the Bible takes up the theme.   From Genesis to Revelation, waiting is on the docket.

Moses ran ahead of God’s plan and it cost him.  Yet God was not done with Moses.  Or with you?  Your failures are not a failure for God’s plan or His plan for us.  Listen as we examine Exodus 2:11-22 and consider the grace and spiritual discipline of waiting.

The Burning Bush

The Burning Bush

Many people can look to a time in their lives they would describe as a turning point.  Perhaps entering a new phase of life, a new opportunity, a new challenge or moving to a new place.  Moses himself experienced a turning point in Exodus chapter 3.

In this scene, Moses had already fled from Egypt and was now keeping the flock of his father-in-law.  As he comes unto Mount Horeb, he has an encounter that will change the course of his life forever.  The angel of the Lord speaks to Moses from the burning bush.  As we study Scripture we begin to recognize that “the angel of the Lord” is a reference to the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God Himself.  Amazingly, this bush that is burning is not consumed by the fire.  We know that bushes are generally quite combustible, so it is truly miraculous that this bush was not consumed.  In the New Testament, an even more wonderful truth to which this points is seen more fully: the Son of God would take to Himself a human nature and dwell among His people, revealing God to them. We are told,   “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 14:6)  

In this scene, as the Lord speaks to Moses, Moses is ultimately being set apart to his mission.  In many ways, this is a commissioning to serve as the earthly vessel, the means by which God would deliver his people from Egypt.  But this commission is given on the basis of the promises of God.  God would be with Moses, and God would fulfill His covenant.  Even in the command, “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt,” God gives Moses the assurance that He will do this work.  He is truly faithful.

Amazingly, even as Moses led the people out of Egypt, so Christ would deliver His people and bring them unto God.  Christ is a greater Prophet than was Moses, revealing God to His people.  Christ is a greater Mediator than was Moses, being both the Priest to His people and the sacrifice for sin. 

Join us this Lord’s Day evening for worship at 5 PM at the Commons at St. Andrews Church at 8300 Kanis Rd. in Little Rock as we study Exodus 3:1-10 more fully. If you need directions, click here, or contact us for more information.  You can also join us online at FacebookLive@RiverCityARP and on YouTube.