“The Names of God” Lesson # 14 August 5, 2018
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” – Revelation 22:13
Here we are at the last chapter of the last book of the Bible. As God is wrapping up his revelation to John, he reminds John of two of his names.
The I am. We talked about this in Lesson 2. Exodus 3:14 says: “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” God is telling the Children of Israel that He is both self-existent, as well as eternal and unchangeable.
He also tells John that He is the Alpha and Omega. These are both the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet. Think of it as God saying, “I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z’”. The first and the last, the beginning and the end.
The writer of Hebrews reminds in chapter 13 and verse 8: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
So, think about it. The many stories in the Bible. Noah and the flood, Moses and the Red Sea, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Each story, the participants did not know how it would end…but God did.
Now look at our lives. The struggles, the storms, the sacrifices we go through. We have no idea how it will end…but God does. It is like when you watch a movie or TV show a second time. The characters in the show are going through some event in their lives. Yet, having watched the movie before we know exactly what happens. That is exactly what it is like with God.
You know something else?
The stories that I mentioned earlier…Noah, Moses, David, and Daniel. While these stories were going on, God knew us, He knew our story, our life. Remember what Jeremiah said in chapter 29, verse 11:
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
So, when these storms, struggles, and sacrifices come. Remember to: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6.