Sunday Morning Podcast March 18, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT:EXODUS 3:13-14  

13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.

To be, or not to be?  This is an important question for each individually.  This is a choice God gives …that only we can make.  Here in Exodus, Moses asked God who he should say sent him (to Egypt).  God told Moses to say that “I AM” (the Creator) sent him.   This “encounter” with God, was a violent or powerful one.  This will always be the case when God first introduces Himself to a soul.  It happened to Saul (who later was called Paul) on the road to Damascus, in Acts 9.   Suddenly a bright light from heaven shone around Saul, and he heard a voice (verse 4)”Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?”  5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”  Saul trembling and astonished asked “Lord what wilt thou have me do?” (verse 6).   In both of these scenarios a choice was made to be, or not to be, obedient.   In both cases (and others not mentioned here) because they chose to obey, they had also chosen “to be” connected with the great “I AM“..The Only One True God!  In each case it was a powerful confrontation from God to them.   And so it is when each first becomes aware of God and His arresting of our soul, to become acquainted with Him and our need of Him.  To become aware of the emptiness of our heart and life without God.   The void or emptiness of our soul can only be filled when we choose to obey, which is then “to be.”   In John 8:48-58,  Jesus declared Himself to the Jews who questioned His authority and identity.  This was another powerful encounter.  Jesus told them in verse 58,  that “before Abraham was, I am.”  The Jews questioning Jesus had the choice to choose to accept (choose to be and obey) God, but mocked Jesus instead (not to be).   They chose not to be connected to God!  They instead chose their own religious ways and beliefs.

Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.”  God made something out of nothing!  It feels beyond comprehension to imagine that God made something out of nothing.  And with it all, there is a purpose!  So what is our purpose?  This will take us to the answer to the question, “To be, or not to be?”  To be or not to be, …connected to God!  Without being connected to God, but instead to the sin of our own ways, is to have a void within our soul.  To not be whole, and with no lasting purpose!  The wonderful thing about Salvation through repentance from sin is you can imagine God, when the wall of sin has been broken down and destroyed.   Then we can worship Him!  What is it to really worship?  To obey and “to be,” is to honor, praise, adore, magnify, love, which are some of the manifestations of real worship!  Any thing less than holiness is counterfeit.  Evil (or sin) is anything that disconnects you from God.  Satan will try to say we can’t connect with God.  But Satan is a liar!

God gives us all the gift to ‘choose,’ …to be, or not to be …connected to The “I AM!”