4 So Moses chiseled out two tablets of stone like the first ones. Early in the morning he climbed Mount Sinai as the Lord had commanded him, and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands. 5 Then the Lord came down in a cloud and stood there with him; and he called out his own name, Yahweh. 6 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. 7 I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.” — Exodus 34:4-7 (NLT)
By giving us His name, it’s God’s way of saying, “I’m a relational being. Not an impersonal energy or force.”
Imagine me calling Ragan, “the wife”. That would be weird right? Why? Because I’m in a close relationship with her and that is not the language of intimacy.
A little later in the Bible, in a section called the New Testament, Jesus takes it even one step further. Look at what He told use to call “God”:
“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven…”
— Matthew 6:9
Jesus taught us to call God “Father”— the most intimate and relational name there is. You see, knowing God isn’t just knowing a bunch of FACTS about God (although I’m all about theology). He’s so much more than a ticket to get you to heaven when you die. He’s a person that wants to be in relationship with you. God is aching for relationship with you. And because God desires INTIMACY with us, He gives us His NAME.
Close your time in prayer.