And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and
to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them.”
C. B. Moss wrote, “We do not believe that God has added, or ever will add, anything to His
revelation in His Son. But we can now see many things in that revelation which could not be
seen by those who first received it.”
When God revealed Himself to Moses, He was the same God who had appeared to Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob as “God Almighty” (El-Shaddai). But now He was revealing His character as
Lord (Yahweh or Jehovah). The name Lord carries the sense of being a covenant keeper. Not
that this name had never been used before, but now God was demonstrating His covenant
character in a deeper, more personal way.
God had made numerous promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: to make them a nation (Gen.
12:2), to provide a land for them to possess (v. 7) and to bring them out of Egypt (50:24). Now it
was time for Him to keep those promises. Through Moses He would reveal Himself to be the
Lord, the promise keeper.
The longer we walk with the Lord, the more He reveals Himself to us. He who began as a Savior
also will reveal Himself as a trustworthy Friend. He who is our trustworthy Friend also will
reveal Himself as our Guide. And He who is our Guide will be our Comforter as well.
An impoverished woman was taken to the seashore by some of her neighbors. As she stared at
the seemingly endless stretch of water, she said, “Finally, I’ve seen some thing that there’s
enough of.” The same is true of God.
There is always something more to know and experience in Him. He is a boundless source of
new understanding. No wonder the songwriter exclaims, “The longer I serve Him, the sweeter
THE LONGER YOU SERVE GOD, THE MORE YOU’LL UNDERSTAND WHY.