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“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.’”
How often we read this and think, “Oh yes, that is God’s name.”
But what struck me for the first time this morning was this. Up until now God has always called Himself, “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” Indeed He did so in verse 6 when He introduced Himself to Moses and again in verse 15 He told Moses that he should use that Name again to the elders of Israel when he went back to them in Egypt to lead them out. Another thing I find interesting is that Joseph isn’t mentioned. Why? I’ll let you work that one out.
1. Did Moses ask God what His name was, since He had already introduced Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? And
2. Why did God give Him this ‘new’ Name? (Jacob also tried to find out God’s name when he wrestled with the Angel but He didn’t disclose it (Genesis 32:29).
I think the answer to both is relationship. All the other ‘gods’ of the world are not gods at all because they are incapable of developing a relationship – unless it’s an illusion of the mind. Not so with the God of the Universe. That is why He called Himself the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
If 3 is the perfect number, ‘Joseph’ is unnecessary. But by calling Himself that Name – He has shown that not only is He a God of people but also a faithful and consistent God. A God of relationships. He had an intimate relationship with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and confirmed His promises to each.
He is also the living God. The Patriarchs have passed from this scene but God remains the same. As Jesus said later, “[God] is not the God of the dead but of the living” (Matthew 22:32), which is why He was able and prepared to use that Name. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob may not be around on earth – but they are not dead. As Paul says, they are “with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23). It’s a ‘Ring of Truth’!
Yes, there is an after-life. There is a Heavenly life with God after we have passed on from this earth. Be not afraid – this earth is NOT all there is. Heaven is yet to come and it is a whole lot better. Don’t hold on to the temporary – go for the Eternal.
Check your priorities today. Don’t get sucked into the world’s mould – break free with your eyes on Glory and Heaven and the Eternal Presence of God.
I believe Moses wanted to make the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the God of Moses – which is why he asked Him for His name. He wanted an intimate relationship – not just with their God, but with ‘his’ God. God responded to Moses’ need. He always does. He is always found by those who diligently seek Him (see Jeremiah 29:13).
In revealing His “new” name, He was declaring many things:
Firstly, His holiness. He is far above all mankind. He is Holy, Holy, Holy. Totally separate and unique. His Name is awesome.
Secondly, it is eternal. I AM. Present continuous. And I ALWAYS WILL BE. Future continuous.
Thirdly, it is also omnipotent – all-powerful. I AM. I AM able. I AM…
I AM the answer to all your needs. I AM… (whatever your need is). Nothing can change ME – I AM. Nothing can threaten ME – I AM.
God is holding out His hands to you today. Let ME be your God – your Eternal God – your I AM.
No matter what your circumstances are or what your future holds or what you are facing right now – “I AM”. I AM the answer for you. You can trust Me to be there for you, to hold your hand and to see you through. (And I’ll carry you through, if necessary.)
Will you let Him? Go on, let today be the best day of your life.
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