The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out,“Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Exodus 34:6 NLT
God descended in the cloud and took up His position beside him and called out the name, God. God passed in front of him and called out, “God, God, a God of mercy and grace, endlessly patient—so much love, so deeply true—loyal in love for a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion and sin. ” The Message Translation
What a beautiful portrait this paints as God announces himself to Moses. It reminded me a little of a royal family as each person who enters is announced by title and country. This was a part of God that Moses didn’t know, a part of God that some of us have yet to discover.
The God of compassion and mercy, slow to anger, filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Just repeating that to myself causes something to explode inside of me like fireworks against a dark sky.
“Hello, let me introduce myself. My name is Jesus, the son of God. I died for your past, present and future sins all at one time and once and for all. There’s no mention of them in heaven. When you need me, all you have to do is call on me. I sent the Holy Spirit to you so that you would have the power you need to do what I left you to do. I am deeply and madly in love with you, forever.”
That’s what God announced to Moses and that message is for you as well. I don’t know how you were introduced to God, but He’s not a mean, gruff Father who is waiting for you to screw up so He can knock you up side the head. If that’s your idea of Father’s love, read those verses again. Because the God of Moses is Your God and He loves you.