Exodus 6:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord[a] I was not known to them.
I feel led this day to start this piece with a popular chorus in Nigeria.
Jehovah is Your name (2ce)
Mighty Warrior, Great in Battle,
Jehovah is Your name.
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The above scripture is quite often misinterpreted. Clearly from the bible God had been known by this name through out the book of Genesis. The Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all had encountered Him and called Him by this name, so why did God say they did not know Him as Jehovah?
Let’s read this passage again to really apprehend the impact of this statement. “3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord[a] I was not known to them.
God had shown Himself to them as El Shaddai, the All Sufficient God, The God of Provision, The God of Deliverance; The God of Protection; The God of Succor; The God of Comfort; The God who nourishes and cherishes. By this name, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob experienced God and He manifested Himself to them, but as LORD, JEHOVAH, they really did not know Him. He never manifested Himself to them.
The answer to this conundrum is in the context. After God commissioned Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand the release of Israel from Egypt, Pharaoh dug his heels in and intensified his oppression of Israel and Moses was forced to go and complain. It was at this point that God told Moses that He is THE LORD! Exodus 5: 1-18.
God then proceeded to let Moses know that He would not only bring Israel out of Egypt with a mighty hand, but that He would establish them in the land He promised their fathers. He said that He would do this alone! In effect God was at this point telling Moses that there is an aspect of Himself that the Patriarchs did not experience. The God who fulfills His promises with His might at His appointed time and in His Own way.
In short, He was telling Moses that He was the God of Incredible Performances.
So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Lord, why have You
brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? For since I came to
Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have
You delivered Your people at all.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”
And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord. Exodus 5:22-6:2
So, what is the mystery of this name Jehovah? This name means, the Completely Self-Existing One, the One who Speaks and Does What He says, The God of Incredible Might. The Owner of All Creation. The God who executes His word and cannot be stopped. The God Who is careful to perform His promises. The God who does not need anyone or anything to do what He said He would do.
If you can read the verses that follow this statement, Exodus 6:4-8, you will begin to appreciate why God said Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did not really know Him as Jehovah. There is an intensity and fierceness to this name that makes it awesomely fearful. So fearful that the Jews don’t want to pronounce it and even when writing this name, they deliberately omit some letters, so you cannot call the name in full.
The God of fierce wrath, the God of judgements, the God of awesome and terrifying wonders, the God who cannot be denied access or denied His demands. The God whose decision is final. The God who holds every life, every creature, every nation in His Almighty Hands. The God who has no equal and no known competitor. The God who is God all by Himself. That is the LORD. That is JEHOVAH. This is our God! This is our LORD!
I sense we are entering a new season of Jehovah God. The God of divine performances. The God who cannot be denied. The God of our destinies. Hold on tight, Jehovah is on the move in the earth! He is on the move in your life and my life. JEHOVAH is HIS NAME!
Let’s Pray: Thank you Jesus for bringing us into the family of Jehovah. Thank you that we are children of Jehovah by faith in You. So, we know that we are not on the wrong side of this Great God. The God of the blazing fire. The God of fierce wrath. The God of terrible judgements. The God who cannot be denied. Its time for another Exodus. The people of God coming out of bondages worldwide!!! Its time for our destiny to manifest and its time for us to possess our inheritances. Jehovah, we look to YOU and we wait for YOU. In Jesus matchless name. Amen.