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  • Chad Werkhoven

Exodus 3:1-15 - God Is.

God's name for Himself may seem simple, but it's amazingly profound.

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Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 25

Q. Since there is but one God,

why do you speak of three:

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

A. Because that is how

God has revealed himself in his Word:

these three distinct persons

are one, true, eternal God.



We come to the famous story of the burning bush in the context of understanding our Triune (three in one) God.

Moses arrived at the burning bush from a far different context: he'd been keeping his head down, doing his job and hoping that the Egyptians wouldn't find and prosecute him for a murder he'd committed 40 years earlier.

He's lived a quiet, peaceful life as a shepherd, when out of nowhere a bush erupts into a flame that doesn't fizzle out. As he approaches the burning bush, he hears:

Do not come near... the place on which you are standing is holy ground! (v5)

The voice proceeds to tell Moses he's been drafted to lead the massive community of Hebrews from their slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land, flowing with milk & honey.

Dig Deeper

It's customary for a royal figure to be announced with what's known as a heraldry, which is often a long and complicated recitation of all of that person's titles. Each of the names read off has meaning, and the more names a royal has, the more important he is.

The official heraldry God gives for Himself is neither long nor complicated, yet it is immensely profound:

I AM who I AM

In other words, GOD IS. God is His attributes; that is, He isn't just good, rather He defines goodness. He doesn't just act lovingly, love exists because God exists.

God exists in and of Himself. He had no beginning and will never end. Time itself is one of His creations, and He lives outside of and above it. He always was, is now and always will be.

The concept of God being both three and one doesn't easily harmonize with our understanding of logic. But remember, logic, just like time, is God's creation. He wrote the laws of logic, but He's not obligated to conform to them as we are.

None of us will ever full comprehend who and what God is. Many people reject God because they can't understand Him. But let these incomprehensible aspects of God comfort you rather than push you away. Afterall, if our God controls rather than conforms to logic, what is there that He can't control?

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Father in heaven, your name is holy and you are above all things;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that you will be able to fully trust God even though you don't fully understand Him.



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