Thought for the Week provides a Verse, Thought and Prayers for the week ahead. We trust you will find these helpful and encouraging in these times.
Verse for the week:
Exodus 3:13-15 [NLT] [my emphases]
13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, “What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”
14 God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM (or I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE). Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you”.
15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: YHWH (Yahweh, Jehovah), the God of your ancestors – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you.
This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations”.
Thought for the week:
In his major work, “Unlocking the Bible”, David Pawson says this,
“It is the fundamental assumption of the Bible that God exists eternally, that he has always been there, that he always will be there, and that he is the God who is. His very name, “Yahweh”, is a participle of the Hebrew verb ‘to be’. An English word which conveys the nature of God in the word ‘Yahweh’ is ‘always’; he has always been who he is and will always be just the same”.
[“Unlocking the Bible” © David Pawson]
Just think about that! When Moses asked God, “What shall I tell your people to call you?”, God replies, “Tell them to call me ‘always’ ” And then God says, “This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations”. “Call me ‘always’ and never stop calling me ‘always’”.
I began to think about some of the other names given to God in the Bible, and how this interpretation of the name ‘Yahweh’ or ‘Jehovah’ might fit in. Here’s what I found:
Yahweh Maccaddeshem Always your sanctifier
Yahweh Rohi Always my shepherd
Yahweh Shammah Always present
Yahweh Rapha Always our healer
Yahweh Tsidkenu Always our righteousness
Yahweh Jireh Always who will provide
Yahweh Nissi Always our banner
Yahweh Shalom Always is peace
“Awesome” becomes “wonderful” …… and awesome!
If you’re of my “vintage” (or any age?) the world seems to be changing very rapidly, and sometimes frighteningly so. In these times, what better message could we share than that of our God, who never changes, who loves us …… who is “always”.
Praise be to God!
Prayer for the week:
Father in heaven,
You are always.
You have promised “never will I leave you, never will I abandon you”.
And we believe you.
Thank you, Father.
And help us to share this message of the God who is “always” with all who we meet, or who need your help, your love, your hope.
In the power of your Spirit, through Jesus your Son.