January 12 – Immutable
But at this point in Israel’s history they weren’t super familiar with the God of their Fathers, either having accepted Egyptian polytheism or just having practiced the religion of their ancestors. In a way, God introduces himself to his people through the Exodus, first to Moses in Midian and then to everyone else through Moses’ leadership.(3:15) We see here in chapter 6 that God calls to mind his interactions with their ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who knew him as God Almighty or, in Hebrew, “El Shaddai,” adding, “but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them.”(6:3) That, plus God’s repetition of “I am the LORD” bookending this passage, should clue us in that God is trying to say something specific here.
Questions for Discussion
• Can someone read Exodus 6:2-8 for us?
• Would someone like to summarize for us what has happened in Exodus up until chapter 6? (check out 1:13, 2:10, 3:7, and 5:2 for the highlights)
• What do you think it was like for the Israelites to hear this message in 6:2-8?
• Why do you think God keeps on saying, “I am the LORD” here?
• Let’s turn to Exodus 3:13-15. Could someone read that for us?
• What do you think about God calling himself, “I AM”?
• On Sunday we talked about how God is immutable or unchanging. How can his unchangeable nature be comforting to us?
• How might God’s unchanging nature influence the way we relate to him as changeable creatures?