THE GOD WHO IS THERE Exodus 20:1-17
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt You should have no other gods before me” (vv2-3)
The Ten Commandments. It is interesting to note that they begin, not with a prohibition – “ you shall not” – but with an affirmation.” (1) I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt.” This very first Commandment – that we are to have no others gods – is rooted in to great truths, first, who God is, and Second, what God has done. “I am the LORD yours God. There is deep significance in the name by which God reveals Himself here. The Hebrew word for “LORD” here is Jehovah and the Hebrew word for “God” is Elohim. The meaning behind the name Jehovah is: “He that is. He that was, and He that will be.” His very name brings us into the presence of the self-existent God who is because He is. Cast your mind back into the infinite eternity of the past. God says, “I am He that was.” Stretch your mind into the infinite eternity of the future. God says, “I am He that will be.” Focus your mind on all that is going on that will be.” Focus your mind on all that is going on around you at this present moment. God says, “I am He that is” The word Elohim means the creator, the ruler of the universe.” These opening words and introduction provide both context and motivation. Before the first Word is given God gives us His name and says in effect: I am not just the creator but the one who reveals Himself to my people. Pause and consider; what He is He was, and what He was He is, and what He is and was, He even will be. (EDWJ)
PRAYER LINE: Father, let the wonder of this thrilling truth take a firm hold on my spirit today. You will always be there. I am eternally grateful. Amen
The choice to pursue holiness is a matter of life and deaths.