Bible Studies for Life
The Importance of God’s Name
Exodus 3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
Moses fled Egypt as a prince, now he was a shepherd tending sheep. He was what the Egyptians considered the lowest form of humanity. Moses had brought the sheep a long way to find good pasture for them. He was at Horeb, known as Mount Sinai. God had led him there. Moses saw a fire in a bush, but the bush did not burn up. He went closer to investigate. When he approached the bush God spoke to him from the bush. God called him Moses, Moses a sign of friendship. Moses answered here I am. God told him not to come closer but to remove his shoes because he was standing on Holy Ground. Since God knew Moses but Moses did not know him, God introduced himself. God told Moses I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. When Moses heard this, he was afraid and bowed his head, so he didn't see God. Moses had fled to Midian for safety and took a job tending Jethro’s sheep. He later married Jethro’s daughter. He had become a good shepherd and nomad, surviving in the rocky, barren, desert land. He had been there 40 years. He thought this was his home, but God had brought him there to prepare him for a mission. Have you listened to the Holy Spirit so you could do the work God has planned for you to do?
Exodus 3:9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. 11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? 12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
God explains the mission and reason for it to Moses. Moses had mixed emotions, humility, inadequacy, and fear. Moses knew the power of the Egyptian Pharaoh. He was the most powerful human on earth. God promised Moses, he would go with him. Moses had been taught as a child by his mother about God and Abraham, but he did not have a relationship with God. Even though God assured Moses he would be successful in the mission and bring the people to Mount Sinai, Moses still doubted. When we are called to do something, we have never done before, it can be a challenge. But if we love and serve God, we must have faith that God is going to be with us and supply everything we need to accomplish His work.
Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
Moses knew the Egyptians had many gods and the Israelites had been captive so long many were worshiping Egypt's gods. Moses wanted to give the people a name for God that they would know without doubting that Moses came from the One and only True God. God gave Moses the name but also told Moses to tell them that He was the God of their fathers. God told Moses I Am that I Am. This meant God was I Am to their fathers and would always be I Am because He always had been I Am. So God said to Moses to tell the people I Am sent me. God told Moses to tell the people that He was the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob: this is my name forever and this is my Memorial unto all generations. God wanted the people to know they should always remember He is the only God and to serve Him only, always. Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Do you have a personal relationship with God? If you do not, you are not going to heaven. Please come worship with us and learn more about Jesus and His Father God.
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The First Week
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
There are some people believe that God created everything that was created and others that dispute that and have their own version. The Bible says God created the Heaven and the Earth and gave details. I believe the Bible is true from Genesis 1:1 to the end of Revelation 22:21 ending with Amen. There was nothing but God and He wanted to create us to love us and for us to love Him. To do this He wanted us to have a place to live so He created a spectacular universe. Earth is just a minute part of it. God did not use materials because there was nothing but Him. He spoke and it was so. The Bible says “in the beginning” so God had a plan for an end. God created everything in order to prove He knows what He is doing and does not make mistakes. The Holy Spirit moved upon the face of the waters. John 1 speaks of Jesus as the Word and as the agent of creation. God’s Trinity was present in creation. The Hebrew word for Good carries multiple meanings, pleasant, beautiful, righteous, and excellent, so God affirmed Light fulfilled the purpose it was created to do. God divided the Light from the Darkness then named Light Day and Darkness Night. This is the first day of creation and God has shown He is All Powerful and wants Good for His creation.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Verse twenty-five tells of the animals, birds, fish, and so on all having been made after its own kind. Then God saw that it was good, so God was happy and pleased with His work. When we are working for God and finish a project it is okay to be proud of it. We need to be pleasing God by serving Him and making Him Proud by finishing the tasks He gives us to do. Versus twenty-one through thirty-one cover God making man. I believe the phrase “make man in our image” means God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit which make up the Trinity of God. Being made in God's image we should base our life in God and obey His Commandments. God blessed us and gave us His likeness so we could reflect His glory. We are not God but should live so that others could see Jesus in us. God did not make man superior to woman or vice versa. Man and woman were created equal in God's sight and each will be responsible for the life they live. Being made male and female serves the purpose of multiplying and filling the earth. There is only one true and living God and He is our Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler. Please come to church and serve God with us.
Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
On the 7th Day God ended His work. He was not tired; He had done everything He set out to do. Now He rested, not because He was tired but to be an example for us. God had created an excellent place for us and wanted only Good for us. Sundays should be a day to worship and glorify God for all His blessings. Do you use Sundays correctly? Please join us for services and the privilege of worshiping a wonderful God.