I am the LORD – Gerald Bilkes

I am the LORD. — EXODUS 6:2 (read Exodus 6:1–30)

Any question we can ask ultimately has its deepest answer in God. One of our problems is that we often look for answers apart from God. When we think about the fact that God is all-sufficient, the Creator of all things seen and unseen, the One who works out all His purposes to His own glory, we should not be surprised that He is the final answer, the true source of all answers.

Chapter 5 began and ended with questions. In verse 2, Pharaoh had asked a question out of unbelief: “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice?” At the end of the chapter, in verse 22, we find the other question, now from Moses: “Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people?” and, “why is it that thou hast sent me?” These were questions born out of bewilderment. He was confused because of the seeming contradiction between the promise of God and his own experience.

In chapter 6:1–11, we have God’s answer to Moses, and it answers Pharaoh’s question as well. It can be summed up in these words: “I am the LORD” (v. 2). It’s an answer that centers on God’s “I.” There are at least fifteen “I’s” in these verses. Each one unfolds the being, character, and purpose of the Lord. It is as if the Lord wants Moses and Israel to know: “What I say I am and will do is more certain than anything else in all the world. I am more concerned about My promises than you or anyone else can be. My reputation is at stake. My promise, My oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is at stake. I cannot and will not go back on that. I am the LORD. I have established my covenant. I have heard. I have remembered. I will bring you out of bondage. I will redeem you and take you as My people. I am the LORD.”

This answer should have stopped all the doubts of Moses, but he still managed to ask, “How shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?” (vv. 12, 30). If only we could be more content to rest in the character and name of the eternal God! Our many questions and doubts would be answered by the one answer to everything.

Gerald Bilkes, Milk & Honey