The Divine Name

Prepare for some Exodus love! We’re digging into a few short verses with some major impact for the rest of the semester in class, and I just can’t withhold what I’m seeing! It’s who God declares himself to be after a faithful servant, Moses, asks to see God’s glory in Exodus 34:5-7.

In my initial observation, I’ve loved noticing that what God needs us to know about his glory is that it is FOR US. He doesn’t emphasize his majesty or holiness or that he’s Creator of the world or about his throne or about his eternal being. Instead, he describes his glory and his divine name by what he is for us. For me. For you. And this is what he needs us to know of himself:
  • He is compassionate
  • He is gracious
  • He is slow to anger
  • He is abounding in lovingkindness
  • He is abounding in truth
  • He keeps lovingkindness for thousands
  • He carries and takes on iniquity
  • He carries and takes on transgression
  • He carries and takes on sin

(what a tri-fecta that he carries and takes on for us!)

  • He punishes iniquity

(Note that he takes action on the iniquity, sin, and transgression himself pre-punishing iniquity)

WOW. This is who he is for me. This is the revelation of his glory. This is the God I serve and worship. Do you know him?
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