March 3 – Whom To Know

“Then Jesus cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, “You both know Me and know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. “I know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent Me.” – John 7:28-29 (NASB)

It was not unusual when Jesus was on this earth and during His ministry, He would speak to individuals and to crowds. Without public address systems to amplify, depending on those listening, Jesus would speak loudly enough for all to hear. In this instance Jesus “cries out,” He speaks loudly to the people in the Temple. They thought they knew Jesus and where He was from. But they did not. He sarcastically affirms their assumption. Jesus’ point is that contrary to what the crowds thought, they really had no true understanding of who He was. They knew Him in the earthly sense, but not in the spiritual sense, because they didn’t know God either. Our promise in this passage is that if we truly know God we know Jesus. And, if we know Jesus, then we know God for Jesus came from and was sent by God that we may know Him and receive forgiveness and salvation. Some may think they are acutely perceptive and spiritually oriented, but if they do not accept Jesus, it reveals their spiritual bankruptcy. We rejoice that we do know God because we have believed in Jesus, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior. 


September 8 – The Name Is Important

“And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “This is what you shall say to the sons of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” ” – Exodus 3:14 (NASB)

Our verse today is from a conversation God had with Moses. Moses, divinely protected from death when he was born had an amazing upbringing being trained up in the house of Pharaoh’s daughter in Egypt. The best education and training possible in the day. But he had fled from Egypt after defending one of his own people and killing an Egyptian oppressor. After 40 years in the wilderness Moses thinks he is safe but God comes and tells him to return to Egypt. You are to confront Pharaoh and lead the people out of Egypt and slavery. Moses is reluctant for several reasons and asks who he should tell his people has sent him. God reveals His name to Moses. A name that declares that He is eternally present. He has always been, He is now and He will always be. This is also a promise of God’s eternal presence with His people. He is present to help us, comfort us, guide us, and so much more. His presence never leaves us, and He will always be with us. That is the greatest comfort we can ever find, and we learn it from the very name of God: I AM.