“God also said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “The Lord, 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 name forever, and this my title for all generations.'”
— Exodus 3:15
The official name and title of God, the “Lord,” means “I am Who I am”; however, the Lord was not some new god who had suddenly taken an interest in the Israelites and had appeared to Moses. Rather, their ancestors and the three most important people in their tribal history all had worshipped the Lord and made the Lord their God. However, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob either did not know or did not reveal God's official name and title, “Lord” or “I am Who I am.” The name and title of God, the “Lord,” are the same, because no titles greater than “Lord” and His name are possible. The Israelites needed to know and learn by experience that the Lord was greater and more powerful than any human ruler and all the idols of Egypt. They also needed to remember that they were not to worship anything other than God, the Lord, Who had been with their ancestors. The Lord wanted Moses to assure His people that God had observed their misery, had heard their cry and knew about their suffering at the hands of their unjust taskmasters. In addition and most importantly, God was coming down to deliver them from oppression and lead them to the land He had promised to give them when He spoke to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Book of Exodus shows that God has the power to accomplish all of His purposes and promises.
— L.G. Parkhurst Jr.
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