So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the Lord (Yahweh) had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands. Then the Lord (Yahweh) came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord (Yahweh). And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming,
“The Lord (Yahweh), the Lord (Yahweh),
the compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger,
abounding in love and faithfulness,
maintaining love to thousands,
and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished;
he punishes the children and their children
for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.
THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IS PROGRESSIVE.
God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord (Yahweh). I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord (Yahweh) I did not make myself known to them.”
All relationships grow over time.
For my determined purpose is that I may know Him that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly
and more clearly....
An infinite God will take an eternity to comprehend.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Just because you can't think of a reason why God would do something doesn't mean there isn't one.
THEOLOGY TO CONSIDER:
There are two primary ways God has revealed Himself in redemptive history and to individuals over time — general revelation (what we experience in the world) and special revelation (what we experience in Scripture). According to the Belgic Confession, general revelation means that we can know God “first by the creation, preservation, and government of the universe... wherein all creatures, great and small, are as so many characters leading us to see clearly the invisible things of God, even his everlasting power and divinity.” Special revelation means “God is making Himself more clearly and fully known to us by His holy and divine Word.”
THE CHARACTER OF GOD NEVER CHANGES.
God's name reveals His character.
“The Lord (Yahweh), The Lord (Yahweh) the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
“When God describes Himself He doesn’t start with how powerful He is or how He knows everything there is to know or how He’s been around since before time and space and there’s no one else like Him in the universe. That’s all true, but apparently, to God, it’s not the most important thing. When God describes Himself, He starts with His name. Then He talks about what we call character. He’s compassionate and gracious; He’s slow to anger; He’s abounding in love and faithfulness, and on down the list.”
- JOHN MARK COMER
THERE IS NO GOD IN HEAVEN WHO IS UNLIKE JESUS.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word....
God Has a Name by John Mark Comer
Is God a Moral Monster? by Paul Copan
The Skeletons in God’s Closet by Joshua Ryan Butler