The Hebrew language facilitated forming original compound names. Many such names included some facet of the nature of God. Over the centuries a great number of people listed in Scripture illustrate man’s craving for being named after God.
By contrast, God only once created a name for Himself based on mankind. “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” Later in the conversation, He would elevate His identity to “I am that I am.” But for the first exchange with Moses, He presented Himself as the tri-generational God.
How is this a basis for our worship?
To me it expresses God’s bias toward the family unit. While He deals with each of us individually, we are also the product of a family line. Many family lines have been snuffed out, but we are still here because there was enough virtue in our generations to perpetuate the lines we came from. Even if your immediate relatives are beyond perverse, somewhere back there was some strong virtue that carried the line through the recent generations.
This culminates with Malachi 4:5-6. NIV “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”
This is a unilateral covenant. When the enemy thinks he has destroyed the family unit, God will unleash a spirit of healing on the family as an expression of His enduring grudgefest against His ancient enemy. It does not matter whether the church is ready for that visitation, or whether we are praying for it. This will be His personal intrusion in the affairs of men on a global basis to drive home His passion for the family.
Join me in a worship celebration of His love of the family.
Copyright September 2015 by Arthur Burk
From the Interlaken region, with all its stunning beauty