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Sunday, January 29, 2012



I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El-Shaddai--'God Almighty'--but I did not reveal my name, Yahweh (ADONAI) LORD, to them. - Exodus 6:3

I crack up when I listen to the smack talk on the basketball courts at my neighborhood park. One particular phrase that often gives me pause though is when a player thinks he’s doing better than the guy who’s guarding him and says, “I own you, man!” In a comical way, he wants the guys he’s playing with to know that he is in control of his part of the game; he is lord over his opponent.

God showed Moses who He was, ADONAI, which refers to God as Lord and owner of all. We all have heard the story of how He delivered His people from the greatest world power of the time. He took dominion over Egypt’s false gods, natural wonders, and human genius and laid them all low under His feet. You might say, “He owned them.”  So, we see God revealed Himself to the patriarchs as The God Who has the power to do what He wants to do - El - Shaddai; yet, to Moses He said, "Call Me, Adonai", The God Who does it. Subtle difference - huge difference! This is the same God in Whom we place our trust and confess as LORD: kurios – koo'-ree-os: he to whom a person or thing belongs (Romans 10:9-10).

Jesus was known as LORD before the cross (John 8:58). He manifested Himself as LORD by taking our sins as His own, dying our death, but then rising again showing His Lordship over sin, death, and the grave (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

God the Father has revealed Jesus for Who He is, ADONAI. Just as Moses and the Hebrew slaves could trust Yahweh to use His power to rescue them from their miserable predicament, we can trust Jesus to save us from our slavery to sin; past, present, and future.

Jesus is LORD. Don’t be afraid to trust Him. He will do it!

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Ancient One so amazing unfailing You are
Holy One overwhelming my heart with Your love

Yahweh Yahweh
Faithful God You're here to stay
Yahweh Yahweh
Forever and always the same

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