As we consider the various attributes of God and begin our prayers each morning and each evening with the phrase “Our Father, who is in heaven. Hallowed be your name.” I want us to consider the NAME that we are to be sanctifying or setting apart as Holy. A great resource for learning about the scriptures is a youtube channel called The Bible Project. They have a great 4-minute video helping us understand the name of God.
The first story they tell is from Exodus 3 when God shares His divine name.
1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation.
Exodus 3:1-15 (NIV)
Notice that Moses was not on a search for God. God showed up for Moses and from this point forward is going to use Moses as the one who will reveal God and His attributes to the world. We have the famous words “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” from Genesis 1 because Moses is the one who had them written down. We have the first five books of the Old Testament (the Torah) because of the work of Moses. And it all started because God introduced Himself to humanity.
There may not be a burning bush nearby but that same God is the one who is listening to you as you pray. He has told you His name. You don’t have to guess. Even better, that same God is also your heavenly Father. So go to Him in prayer!