The Daily Office | February 26, 2018
Exodus 2:23-3 end
Exodus 4:1-23 (24-26)
Collect: The Second Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Today we read that when Moses asked God about his name he identified himself as I am, as Yahweh, or "the Lord," as our Bibles render it. Moses will later ask the Lord to show him his glory; he will respond by proclaiming his name and his character: “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness…” (34:6).
We also read John echoing Exodus, identifying Jesus as the Lord, Yahweh God. John says, “we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” “Full of grace and truth” is equivalent to the Lord’s self-proclamation “abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness”: the Son manifests the gracious and glorious character of the Father. Moses could not be shown the Lord's face, but God has been seen in Jesus Christ, the Word-made-flesh: "he has made him known.”
And we read from Paul in Colossians that “in [Christ] the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily”; that we have been filled in Christ; buried, raised, and made alive with Christ. That our life is hidden with Christ in God, and “when Christ who is [our] life appears, then [we] also will appear with him in glory.” In Christ, by the working of the Holy Spirit, we ourselves reflect the gracious and glorious character of God (see also 2 Corinthians 3).
With John we can truly say that “from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”