“My name might be proclaimed”
“For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, ‘For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth’” (9:17).
It was not that the actual name of God, Yahweh or Jehovah, should be proclaimed, but that the reputation of Israel’s God in bringing them out of Egypt, with a remarkable display of power, would be widely known and feared. We will see repeated evidence of this in our readings in coming weeks and months.
There are different reactions to this. The reaction hoped for, is that people will want to come and work and serve Israel’s God – as the only real God. We now look at what Paul goes on to write in Romans 10, expressing his dismay that the Israelites in his day
“have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge” (verse 2).
What does that mean? Is there evidence of this today – in a different way?
Recall what we read in Job at the end of December. God accused Job of darkening
“counsel by words without knowledge” (38:2).
“I have uttered what I did not understand, things to wonderful for me which I did not know … I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you” (42:3-5).
So Paul tells the Jews, we read in Romans 10, that they
“being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness” (verse 3).
This is “the righteousness based on faith” (verse 6). This is “having the eyes of your hearts enlightened” (Ephesians 1:18) so we see the Jews, although having a zeal for God, did not possess a “knowledge” of God, a true sense of what God was. Think of that as a ‘knowing’ of God which results in developing a true relationship – with our prayers to him coming from our hearts with a sense of awe.
Understanding it in this way we can then read Romans 10:8-13 with a humble mind, and God will be seen as
“bestowing his riches on all who call upon him” (verse 12).
These are wonderful compared to man’s riches. What are God’s riches? Meditate on the final four verses of Romans 11:
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!” This “depth” will soon be seen and “proclaimed” as the world becomes aware of God and the wondrous meaning of his “name”.
- Looking for answers on the question Is there a God #1 Many gods
- Looking for answers on the question Is there a God #3 Transcendence or Surpassing other gods and man
- Looking for answers on the question Is there a God #4
- How did the original readers understand Gen 1:1?
- Faith coming by hearing and sent preacher gift from God
- Omniscient God opposite a not knowing Jesus
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 6 Getting understanding by Word of God 4
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 11 Believing and obeying the gospel of the Kingdom of God
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 13 Getting wisdom
- El-Shaddai God Almighty Who no-one may see and live
- The true light in recorded words
- The fear of the Lord
- Contemplation for the month of April……Falsehood darkens the pure knowledge of God!
- Blind leading the blind