Moses at the burning bush

God in verbs

Is it possible to capture God in words? God tells us in the Bible that His name is I AM, and often when we try to describe Him, we start with HE IS and add nouns (He is our Father, He is light, He is love, He is the Creator) or adjectives (He is kind, He is all-powerful, He is just).

But have a look at the following verses from Exodus, where God calls Moses – and especially at the verbs in it:

And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. [Exodus 3:7-8a, KJV]

or, in the NIV:

The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey."

God said:
I have seen
I have heard
I know
I have come down
to deliver
to bring them…into a good land

The verses are taken from the Old Testament, but you could call this salvation in six verbs - because He saw and heard our misery, and knew our suffering, He came down to us in Christ, and through Christ He delivered us from sin, and will bring us into a good land, into the new Jerusalem.

God is – and God does.

Based on a meditation by Ellen Laninga