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.

‘The Lord answered all of Moses’ objections and gave one assurance after another to encourage him. Moses said, “I am not!” And God replied, “I AM!” Faith lays hold of what God is and obeys what God says. Faith sees the opportunities while unbelief sees the obstacles. Are you arguing with God about something He wants you to do?’ Warren W.Wiersbe: ‘With the Word’, p.50.

God is not only the eternal God, and the self-existent One. He is also the faithful God Who keeps His covenant. He kept all His promises to the patriarchs, and His people in Moses’ day were also going to find Him to be utterly reliable – as will we.

But He is also the God of personal relationship. He knows us – knows us by name. Furthermore, this relationship cannot be severed by death:

‘Had we been called upon to demonstrate life beyond death from the Old Testament, we should hardly have turned to this chapter. But our Lord read the profound significance of these august words, Matthew 22:31,32. Evidently the patriarchs must have been all living when God spoke, or he would never have declared himself as being still their God. Had they ceased to exist he must have said, not I am, but I was the God of the fathers.’ F.B.Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary’p.38.

Thought: ‘The church is the only society on earth that doesn’t lose a single member by death. They just transfer to another branch.’