Exodus 6:1-5 His Name is Yehovah

1 Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:

3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.

4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

 

Moses had gone before the people of Israel.  He and Aaron had given them all of the promises from Yehovah and the people had gladly accepted the fact that they were about to be delivered.  This deliverance came with a catch though and that was the fact that it wasn’t going to be simply a cut and dry issue.  They had informed Israel that the King of Egypt would not want to let them go at first but he would do so only after a fight.

Evidently their excitement got the better of them over this promise of deliverance and they didn’t hear the word of warning because as soon as trouble came; as soon as Pharaoh made things harder on them, the people bypass Moses and go straight to Pharaoh for help.  They only spoke to Moses when the King wouldn’t hear their issues and the only words that they had for him were blame for their situation.  Moses did the right thing and took his concerns before the Lord.

 

Exodus 5:

 

22 So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? 23 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.”

 

Pharaoh’s initial question when they came before him was, “Who is the Lord?”

He didn’t know it but he, Egypt, and the people of Israel were about to find out.

 

God tells Moses:

 

1 Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:

3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.

4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

 

The ancestors of Israel knew God as “El Shaddai,” or literally “God Almighty,” or “God of the strong mountain.”  This means that they had a limited understanding of who He was and this was because He had not revealed His true Name to them but they had enjoyed the promise of His covenants for their future offspring.

We don’t know a lot about Yehovah as we start our walk with Him in Genesis but as we move through the Old Testament we learn more and more as He reveals Himself to Israel and to us, culminating in the perfect revelation of Yehovah in Yeshua, Jesus Christ.

 

We are born into bondage and sin and just like Israel, we groan for deliverance.

 

When we see Jesus, we see the Father.  He came to this earth to deliver us from the bondage of sin and the world

 

Romans 8:

 

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[b] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Thanks be to God the Father that He didn’t stop there.  Not only is God with us in that He delivered us from sin and death through God the Son, Jesus Christ, but that we now have Him within us, through the work of the Holy Spirit.  In so doing He reveals Himself to more and more as we walk with Him daily in prayer and His Word.

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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One Response to Exodus 6:1-5 His Name is Yehovah

  1. simonjkyte says:

    yeah El Shaddai – outside sources E and P was always yahweh though

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