The word "God" and "Lord" is used many many times in the Bible. It is hard to interpret these usages, because the Hebrew and Greek use many terms that end up being translated to "God" in English. Exodus 3 provides us an opportunity to see these word meanings come together and examine the differences between the ancient languages and modern English.
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Here is a file like the one on the video, but this also contains my translation of Exodus 3-4.
Understanding that "elohim" is not a proper name for God, does not and should not in any way diminish our view of God. It does not mean He is the same as other of the "elohim". It does not diminsih his power, or presence, or any of His attributes. It simply makes clear the way the Hebrew language talks about these matters, and how the ancient Hebrews like Moses referred to "spiritual beings", of which God was one. We cannot forget that "there is no elohim like Jehovah!" He is the "Most High Elohim!"
Exodus 3-4, NKJV
KJV + Strong's
Moses at the Burning Bush
1Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, [even] to Horeb. 2And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush [was] not consumed. 3And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here [am] I. 5And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest [is] holy ground. 6Moreover he said, I [am] the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
7And 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; 8And 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; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
10Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. 11And Moses said unto God, Who [am] I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? 12And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this [shall be] a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
13And Moses said unto God, Behold, [when] I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What [is] his name? what shall I say unto them? 14And 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. 15And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this [is] my name for ever, and this [is] my memorial unto all generations. 16Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and [seen] that which is done to you in Egypt: 17And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. 18And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God. 19And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. 20And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go. 21And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: 22But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put [them] upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
KJV + Strong's
1And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. 2And the LORD said unto him, What [is] that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. 3And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. 4And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: 5That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
6And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand [was] leprous as snow. 7And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his [other] flesh. 8And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. 9And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour [it] upon the dry [land]: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry [land].
The Appointment of Aaron
10And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I [am] not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I [am] slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. 11And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? 12Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. 13And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand [of him whom] thou wilt send.
14And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, [Is] not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. 15And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. 16And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, [even] he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God. 17And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
Translation of Ex 3-4 by BibleScribe
1 Moses was tending the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the border of the desert and came to the mountain of elohim, Horeb.
2 And the angel of YHWH appeared to him in a flame of fire on a bush. So he looked, and behold the bush burned with fire but was not consumed.
3 Moses said, "I will go now and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn."
4 So when YHWH saw that he went to look, elohim called to him from within the bush, saying "Moses! Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."
5 And he said, "Do not get near this place - take your sandals off your feet, for the place you are standing on the ground, is holy."
6 Then he said, "I am elohe of your father, elohe of Abraham, elohe of Isaac, elohe of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look on elohim.
7 And YHWH said, "Truly I have seen the oppression of my people by Mizraim (Ex 3:2, 'with/by fire'), and I have heard their cry because of their oppressors - for I know their sorrows.
8 And so I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of Mizraim, and to bring them from that land, to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey - to the place of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, the Jebusite.
9 And now behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to me, and also I have seen the oppression of Mizraim with them.
10 And now come and I will send you to Pharaoh, and you may bring my people, the sons of Israel, from Mizraim."
11 But Moses said to the elohim, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the sons of Israel from Mizraim?"
12 So he said, "Truly I will be with you, and this will signify to you that I have sent you: when you have brought the people from Mizraim, you will serve the elohim on this mountain.
13 And Moses said to the elohim, "Suppose I go to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'The elohe of your fathers has sent me to you.' And they say to me, 'What is his name?' What shall I say to them?"
14 And elohim said to Moses, "I exist that I exist." And he said, "This you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I exist has sent me to you.'"
15 And also elohim said to Moses, "This you will say to the sons of Israel, YHWH elohe of your fathers, elohe of Abraham, elohe of Isaac, elohe of Jacob - has sent me to you. This is my name forever, and this is my memorial to generation after generation.
16 "Go and gather the elders of Israel and say to them, "YHWH elohe of your fathers has appeared to me - elohe of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - saying, 'Truly I have visited you, and seen what is done to you by Mizraim.
17 "And I said I will bring you out of the oppression of Mizraim, to the land of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite; to a land flowing with milk and honey.'
18 "And they will obey your voice and you and the elders of Israel will go to the King of Mizraim, and you will say to him, 'YHWH elohe of the Hebrews has come to us. Now let us go, please, three days' journey into the desert, that we may sacrifice to YHWH our elohe.'
19 "And I am sure that the King of Mizraim will not let you go, except by a mighty hand.
20 "So I will stretch out my hand, and strike Mizraim with all my wonders, which I will do in the midst of Mizraim. And after that he will let you go.
21 "And I will give the people favor in the sight of Mizraim, and it will be that when you go, you shall not go empty-handed.
22 "But every woman shall ask her neighbor and any woman staying in her house, for articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters - so you shall plunder Mizraim."
1 And Moses answered and said, "But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice - suppose they say, 'YHWH has not appeared to you.'"
2 And YHWH said to him, "What is in your hand?" And he said, "A staff."
3 And he said, "Cast it to the land." So he cast it to the land, and it became a serpent, and Moses fled from it.
4 And YHWY said to Moses, "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail." And he reached out his hand and took it, and it became a staff in his hand.
5 "So that they believe that YHWH elohe of their fathers has appeared to you, elohe Abraham, elohe Isaac, and elohe Jacob."
6 And YHWH said to him, "Also, put your hand in your bosom," and he put his hand to his bosom, and when he removed it, behold, the hand was leprous as snow.
7 And he said, "Put your hand in your bosom again," so he put his hand in his bosom again, and pulled it out of his bosom, behold, it was restored to normal flesh.
8 "And it will be, if they do not believe you, nor obey the message of the first sign, they may believe the message of the second sign.
9 "And it will be, if they do not even believe these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you will take water from the river and pour it on the dry ground. And the water you take from the river will become blood on the dry ground."
10 And Moses said to YHWH, "Pardon, lord, I have never been an eloquent man, even as you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and tongue."
11 And YHWH said to him, "Who has made the mouth of man or who makes the mute, or the deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Is it not I, YHWH!?
12 "So now go, and I will be with your mouth, and will teach you what to say."
13 And he said, "Please lord, send, please, by your hand, send another."
14 So the anger of YHWH was kindled against Moses, and he said, "Is not the Levite Aaron your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look, he is coming to meet you - and when he sees you he will be glad in his heart.
15 "And you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth and I will be with your mouth, and with his mouth, and I will teach you what to do."
16 "So he will speak for you to the people and he will be as a mouth for you, and you shall be as an elohim to him.
17 "And you will take this rod in your hand, to perform the signs."
18 So Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and said to him, "Please let me go, and return to my bretheren who are with Mizraim, and see whether they are still alive." And Jethro said to Moses, "Go in peace."
19 And YHWH said to Moses in Midian, "Go, return to Mizraim, for all the men who sought your life are dead."
20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Mizraim. And Moses took the staff of elohim in his hand.
21 And YHWH said to Moses, "When you go back to Mizraim, see all the wonders which I have put in your hand, that you will do before Pharaoh. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.
22 "And you will say to Pharaoh, 'YHWH says, 'My son, my firstborn Israel.
23 'So I say to you, release my son, that he may serve me. But if you refuse to release him, surely I will kill your son, your firstborn.' ' "
24 And it came to pass along the way at the camp, that YHWH met him and sought to kill him.
25 And Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet and said, "Truly you are a breidegroom of blood to me."
26 So he let him go. Then she said, "You are a bridegroom of blood because of the circumcision."
27 And YHWH said to Aaron, "Go to meet Moses in the desert." So he went and met him on the mountain of elohim, and kissed him.
28 So Moses told Aaron all the words of YHWH, who had sent him and all the signs which he commanded him to do.
29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all of the elders of the sons of Israel.
30 And Aaron spoke all the words which YHWH had spoken to Moses, and he did the signs in the sight of the people.
31 So the people believed when they heard that YHWH had visited the sons of Israel, and that he had looked on their oppression; then they bowed their heads and worshipped.
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