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od’s plan for four hundred years   was.  The God who delivered Abraham’s
               of  sojourning  and  slavery  for   son, using a perfectly placed ram, could
        GIsrael has been fulfilled (Gen       surely deliver their firstborn ones from
        15:13). Now, in raising up a deliverer for   wrath in Egypt. He who saw Noah
        His people, Jehovah is about to manifest   through to the other side of the great flood
        His character as a covenant-keeping, just   could easily get them across the compara-
        yet merciful God. Through almighty in-  tively tiny Red Sea. And the Almighty One
        tervention, Pharaoh’s slaves will be freed   who guarded and guided Rebekah from
        and placed on new ground by power and   Mesopotamia through the desert into the
        the shedding of blood. Without question,   land of Canaan would undoubtedly lead
        this will be the realization of the words   them into that same land of promise. The
        of the patriarch Joseph, “God will surely   revelation of Jehovah through this awe-
        visit you” (Gen 50:24).               inspiring moniker proclaimed His nature
          On the eve of this mighty redemption,   and generated confidence even before His
        we witness an intimate scene, as the man   marvelous acts.
        Moses takes off his shoes to stand on holy   Jump forward almost fifteen hundred
        ground in conversation with the God of   years. It’s been just over four hundred
        his fathers. Here Moses gets to understand   years since Israel last heard from God
        God’s plan and appreciate the promises   through  the  prophet  Malachi.  We  are
        about to be fulfilled. But before the char-  about to witness the raising up of another
        acter of God is revealed in power, it is   Deliverer who, through power and blood,
        declared in plain language, as Moses asks   will redeem, not now from Egyptian ser-
        the simple question that he knows will be   vitude but from the bondage of sin. This
        on everybody’s mind when they are told   Redeemer will fulfill all of the Scriptures’
        of the God who has sent him: “What is   prophecies and promises concerning the
        His name?” From the crackling flames of   Messiah, and as we follow the steps of
        a bush that burned but was not consumed   Jesus of Nazareth, we once again hear the
        came the response (Exo 3:14), “I AM THAT   words of Joseph whispered to our hearts,
        I AM.”  “Tell them I AM has sent you.”    “God will surely visit you.”
          Many, trying to plumb the depths of this   From Bethlehem to Golgotha, the very
        great name, find that it remains as simple   nature of the Almighty was being told out
        as it is profound – “I CONTINUE TO BE   in the words and works of the Lord Jesus
        WHAT I ALWAYS WAS AND EVER WILL       Christ (Joh 1:18). Knowing that the ulti-
        BE; The Ever Existing One.”  The men-  mate manifestation of God’s character will
        tion of it alone would inspire confidence   be seen at the cross, we marvel as within
        in Moses and strengthen God’s people,   months of this glorious redemptive work
        knowing that the One who was now visit-  the Lord Jesus began to speak with words
        ing them continued to be what He always   reminiscent of Exodus chapter three when
        ¹ Thomas Newberry, The Englishman’s Bible   He took to Himself that transcendent
        (notes on Exodus 3:14).               name, “I AM.”

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