Christianity 201

November 29, 2022

He Wants Us to Know Him

Filed under: Christianity - Devotions — paulthinkingoutloud @ 5:30 pm
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For the first time since May 2020, we return for a 5th visit to the writing of Mark DuPré who is an associate pastor, a film professor, a writer and a musician. He lives in Rochester, New York.

That We Will Know that He is the Lord

Exodus 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them.”

Exodus 25:45-46 I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.

Ezekiel 20:42-44 Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I bring you [back] into the land of Israel [after the exile in Babylon]…. And there you shall remember your ways and all your doings with which you were defiled…Then you shall know that I am the LORD….

Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

These scriptures that talk about knowing that the God of Israel is the Lord of the whole earth are only the tip of the iceberg. But they show God’s insistence on making a point of who He is at key moments: at the Exodus, the settling of the Promised Land, the return after the Babylonian Exile, and of course, at the Second Coming of Christ.

Other reference scriptures include Exodus 6:7, 16:12, and 29:46; Leviticus 23:43; Joshua 3:10; I Kings 20:28; Job 31:6; Psalm 46:10; Isaiah 43:10 and 45:3; Jeremiah 24:7, Ezekiel 20:20, 28:26, 34:30, 39:22, 39:28; and Joel 2:27, for starters. From these we can learn the manifold actions that the Lord would take that would end in a revelation of who He was.

Those actions form a Bible study all their own. But they all end with the same demonstration: He is the Lord. He wanted Israel to know it when they began their life as a nation, when He showed them how much He was their personal Protector and Sustainer, and when He brought them back to the land after exile. But He also wanted the Egyptians to know this—a foreshadowing of His being the Lord of all the earth, so often alluded to in the Psalms, and of the outreach to the Gentiles in Acts.

In fact, He wants all the world to know that He is the Lord. For us as believers, this may seem about evangelism. It is, partly. But there is a bigger truth here. If “that you would know that I am the Lord” is behind so many varying actions in the Old Testament, we can begin to see that this is the reason and goal behind so many of His actions in our own lives.

We often believe we’ve “learned the lesson” after a work of God in our hearts and lives, meaning we picked up something about ourselves, God, the Word or even “life.” Yet it appears that the lesson behind virtually all that God does in the earth and in our lives is ultimately, that we may know that He is the Lord. It’s been His purpose throughout history; it’s been His purpose in Your life.

Prayer: Father, help me to see right through everything I go through until I see in my spirit that what I have learned again, more deeply this time, is that You are the Lord. Don’t let me stop short with a lesser understanding. I see this in Your word, and in spite of my limited understanding, I embrace it by faith.

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