God's shocking call to the prophet Moses and to us all--Part 2

When Moses says yes to God and goes forth to free the enslaved Hebrew people, he does not rely on his own credentials, but on God's decision to send him, to be with him, even to be present in and to act through him: "And God said thus you will say to the children of Israel: "The I-Aming sent me to you." (translation by John W. Wright) Further, as John W. Wright emphasizes, "The divine Name is not 'I am an eternal being' or 'I am a Supreme Being.' No indefinite article appears in the divine Name. Nowhere do the Scriptures or the classic Christian tradition (for at least its first 1200 years) ever name God as a 'thing' among other things or 'a Being' among 'beings.' The divine Name given to Moses is the pure verbal action of 'Is-ing,' the continuous act of existence, the very ongoing activity that is existence itself.. . ."

"God never abandons Moses because 'God is.' God never abandons Moses as his life dissolves. God will not abandon Moses when he returns to Pharoah. God has never abandoned Moses. God cannot deny God's own Life. God's Life is the One from whom are all things, through whom are all things, and to whom are all things. Moses can move from devastation to call because God's Name, the one who sends Moses, is "I am-ing."..

John W. Wright concludes: "Those devastated by life, including ourselves, receive the divine Name to remain in the present, so to speak, to let the past go and live to the future because God's Name is 'I am-ing.' The divine Name gives us a basis, like Moses, to return to Egypt and speak to the Pharaohs of the world to let God's people go."


John W. Wright's full reflections on Exodus 3:1-15 can be found in Connections: A Lectionary Commentary, Year A, 2020, pages 263-265.