I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob with [the name] Almighty God, but [with] My name YHWH, I did not become known to them.
If God walked amongst us,
what would we call him or her?
What name would we use if God
was sitting two bar stools away?
Who’s your friend? they’d ask
and we’d stutter like Moses
realizing we never knew.
What have we been calling
God this whole time,
when we cry out, when we
ask for things? Who are
you talking to we deserve
to be asked and, I think we
deserve to know the answer too.
I’m not a big fan of labels, but
I do like names.
I think it’s time we learned Yours.
How then will Pharaoh hearken to me,
seeing that I am of closed lips?
You have to wonder with
God’s hidden name as his example
if Moses’ closed lips are just him
keeping secrets and not
a stutter after all? What isn’t Moses
prepared to tell the Pharaoh?
He smells like the Nile or the
details of future plagues have
already been written down.
I’d keep my lips closed too if
I had infinite frogs ready to go.
The best negotiators use their
words sparingly. Any deal a
gamble with what is truly available.
I say keep your lips closed and
your frogs close to your chest.
Your people will be crossing the sea
in no time.