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Is the LORD Among Us or Not? – Exodus 17:7

And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?” (Exodus 17:7).

Is the Lord among us or not? We look back at the Hebrew people when this was recorded and think – are you serious? Imagine what they had witnessed in their recent past:

  • The plagues that ravaged the Egyptians, but spared them
  • They painted their door frames with the blood of the lamb on that first Passover night and then watched as the firstborn of everyone else died while their families were spared
  • They saw the parting of the Red Sea and then walked across on dry ground before Pharaoh’s great army was swept under behind them
  • The followed the great pillar of smoke during the day and the fire by night
  • They had received the manna – probably that very day!

Yet, they still grumbled, complained and asked, “Is the Lord among us or not?” We may look back at these people and think how clueless they must have been to question the existence and nearness of God. Yet, we today have 3000 more years of evidence of God’s working through history. We have the revelation of both the Old and New Testaments. And, most importantly, we have the living witness of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came to make God known to us in a personal way. We have all the evidence those ancient Hebrew people had because it is recorded for us in Exodus. Plus, we have so much more.

Those Hebrews were judged by God for their unbelief and not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Then how shall we escape if we neglect the great salvation in Jesus Christ that has been revealed to us through the Holy Spirit?

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Matthew 22:31-32

Here is any easy question. In the following verse from the book of Exodus, to whom was God speaking?

And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God (Exodus 3:6).

Moses right? As I said, easy! Now, about 1500 years later, Jesus quotes from this same verse in a dialogue with the Sadducees:

And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22:31-32)

matthewNow, according to Jesus, to whom was God speaking in Exodus 3:6? Jesus states that God was speaking to these very Sadducees. Jesus holds the Sadducees accountable for these ancient words of Scripture as if they had been standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Moses. For Jesus knew that the Scriptures were the very words of God himself and that God continued then (and continues now) to speak through his Scriptures. So let’s ask the question again, to whom does God speak in Exodus 3:6?

  1. Moses
  2. The Sadducees
  3. Everyone who reads it

God spoke to us when we read Exodus 3:6 above and he spoke to us when we read from Matthew 22. When asked if God speaks today, my answer is an unequivocal and resounding, “Yes!” He speaks through his holy, inerrant, infallible word the Bible. And God’s message is sufficient to equip the people of God for every good work.

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