Exodus 6: God Is Self Existent
In Exodus chapter 6, we are given another of the many names of God.
Exo 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
Let’s take a minute to see what Jehovah really means.
In the Hebrew, the word is yehovah according to my translator in my computer Bible made by e-Sword. The best translation for this word is apparently self existent. Obviously, while we do know that this is one of the characteristics of God (he did need anything to create Him or sustain Him), it is very interesting that during this moment in history He decided to reveal this facet of His personality.
Why at this particular moment did it matter that the Israelites knew that God was self existent?
It was definitely important for the Israelites to realize that there was hope at this dark point in their history. They needed to know that God wasn’t that the type of God that only appears during good times. It isn’t like He is some type of being that we intellectually create when we need someone to give credit to when miracles happen.
He exists regardless of what happens on earth.
The Israelites were about to receive probably the biggest miracle of their lives and have the opportunity to escape from slavery in Egypt. When that amazing event would happen, it wouldn’t be hard to believe in God whatsoever. All of these great things could not be done by humans, so God would intellectually make a lot of sense.
However, I think that God wanted to reemphasize that He always has a plan and is always there.
Lam 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
Lam 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not .
In that sense, we can be assured that God will never leave us because without Him, we would absolutely have no hope. Even in bad times, we can have hope, and we can have that hope because God exists all the time.
Even though we might pay more attention to God when things are going great and praising is a lot easier, He exists all the time and deserves our praise all the time. The Israelites needed to realize that as they were about to have a great time. God didn’t all of a sudden come back, He was always there.