GETTING TO KNOW GOD
“My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me…” Hosea 4:6a NLT
“You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship…” John 4:22 NLT
GOD WANTS US TO GET A REVELATION OF WHO HE IS
“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”” Matthew 16:13-19 NKJV
CASE STUDY: THEY DON’T KNOW ME
“And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them.”” Exodus 6:2-3 NKJV
• GENESIS 1 HE IS ELOHIM. GOD THE CREATOR
• GENESIS 2 HE IS JEHOVAH- ELOHIM. LORD GOD
I AM NEAR. I AM PRESENT. I AM ACCESSIBLE.
• GENESIS 17 HE IS JEHOVAH- EL SHADDAI. ALMIGHTY GOD
“Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.’ So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage.” Exodus 6:6-9 NKJV
“So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”” Numbers 14:1-3 NKJV
“The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us.” Deuteronomy 1:27 NIV
THE REVELATION THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL MISSED
• I SEE YOUR OPPRESSION.
“And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.” Exodus 3:7 NKJV
• I HEAR YOUR GROANS.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26 NKJV
• I KNOW YOUR SORROWS.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16 NKJV
• I WILL BE I AM.
“God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.”” Exodus 3:14 NLT
I AM ABBA FATHER.
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”” Romans 8:15 NKJV
“… God is love.” 1 John 4:8b NIV
“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world…” John 17:6 NKJV
“Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” John 17:11 NKJV
“And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26 NKJV