A questionable God

Exodus 3:1-15; Matthew 16:21-28; Romans 12:9-21

When a rabbi was asked, “Why is it that you rabbis put much of your teaching in the form of a question?” the rabbi replied, “So what’s wrong with a question?” The rabbi may be on to something.

Consider the question that Moses knew the Hebrews would ask him about the liberating God. “What is his name?” Given the polytheistic environment of the ancient world and the ancestral gods of the people, the question seems reasonable.But God’s answer likely frustrates Moses: “I am who I am” or “I will be who I will be.” YHWH is the only answer Moses is going to get. Furthermore, there is nothing in that name that either he or the Israelites can use, and the use of the name is what they want.

 

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