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24th May 2018
Chalke Talk 30 - To journey with God is to know God

Last week, Steve explored the yearning inside of everyone to worship. Whether that becomes God or something more material we choose to worship; worship is, in and of itself, a choice. Continuing with the theme of “choosing God” Steve looks at probably one of the most well-known stories from the Bible: Moses and the Burning Bush.

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It’s both fascinating and troubling just how cryptic this moment is, with the mass exodus of Israelites on the horizon. When Moses asks God what he should tell the already disillusioned Israelites as they prepare to escape their captors, God says, “I am who I am.” Steve reflects on how this moment captures the divine mystery that is so wrapped up in who God is. As the Exodus story goes, Moses gets to know the character of God better by choosing to follow him. It’s a story where God meets Moses in his willingness to follow him, not the other way around. This is significant because the word Yahweh, which means I am, is so bound up in Moses’ willingness to follow God even when things weren’t clear

This also stirs up some contradictions to how we’ve come to understand God. Steve finds that, “so much of our modern theology is preoccupied with trying to convince people that God is there, the entire Bible – from beginning to end – is concerned with a very different and the far more important question: What kind of God exists?”

What do you think? How has your understanding of, and relationship with God changed and deepened as you have journeyed with him?

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