My grandkids love the ‘Where’s Wally?’ books. You’ve probably seen them – the little guy with round spectacles, in a red and white stripy top and bobble hat, who mingles with the crowd, but instantly recognizable once you’ve located him, and the fun is to find him in all sorts of settings.
I think the Old Testament is a bit like that. Jesus can often be spotted in the stories, long before he arrived as a baby in Bethlehem. (Theologians call it theophany or Christophany.) And here he is in Exodus 6:6-8. Not as an actual person this time, but I think God was dropping big hints about the work his son would come to fulfil. Did you spot him? God revealed his name to them as YHWH, or Yahweh as we tend to pronounce it. Here, Yahweh was declaring himself to be the God who saves, redeems, sets free. Yahshua means ‘Yahweh saves’; we pronounce that as ‘Jesus’.
The pastor at a church we belonged to in the north of England often used to challenge us with the question, “And what has God done for you today?” We can often tell stories of things that happened long ago, or to other people; but God is with us every day, right now. So our every day lives should be action packed with stuff God is doing in us, for us and around us. And I think they really are; the biggest problem is that we don’t notice. He’s right there, it’s all going on, and yet we somehow just don’t see what God is doing. A bit like the ‘Where’s Wally?’ books, you have to really look, and there God is, right in the midst. And once you’ve seen his handiwork, it’s obvious, instantly recognizable.
So just one question – what has God done for you today?