- Is there any significance from your given name related to family history, relatives or an event? What is it?
- This week, we continue our series “The Name” with a look at Exodus 3:13-22. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture. Then, read that passage aloud.
- As Moses converses with God in verse 13, he asks a question that leads into an extended response from God. What is the question and what do you think Moses is really asking?
- One important thing to note is that in most of our English Bibles, the personal name of God is translated as the word ‘LORD’ in all capitals (see Exodus 3:14). Behind this translation is the Hebrew , which is transliterated as ‘YHWH’ or ‘Yahweh’ or ‘Jehovah.’ Keep your eyes open for this as you read through today’s passage.
- There is earlier evidence that God was known by the name Yahweh to the patriarchs. See the following passages: after the time of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:26), with Noah (Genesis 9:26), with Abraham (Genesis 12:8), with Isaac (Genesis 26:25), with Jacob (Genesis 28:16), and with Laban (Genesis 30:27). In the ancient near east, the name of a person says a lot about their character. What do you think is the significance of God revealing Himself here in this way to Moses now?
- Moses has a personal encounter with God here in Exodus 3 and 4. When have you had a personal encounter with God like this? What happened? How did that change you?
- How would you describe God’s reassurances and promises to Moses in Exodus 3:16-23? How do these ideas relate to God’s earlier call for Moses to step forward with faith in Exodus 3:12?
- What is God speaking to you now from these words about your life situation? If you are in a small group, discuss this together. If you are on your own, then perhaps you could write down some thoughts on this.
[Next week: We will conclude our series “The Name” by looking at Exodus 4:1-17, where Moses reveals his areas of weakness and struggle with God’s call.]