Life thoughts: I AM that I AM

The lesson that impacted me a lot with the study of the book of Exodus is the nature of the name of the Lord which He revealed to Moses in their encounter on the scene of the burning bush, particularly in Exodus 3:14. The Lord said, “I AM WHO I AM.” Ancient culture have a way of pronouncing their child’s name by the context of their birth (like Moses) or a prophecy or blessing (like Emmanuel). The name of God stands the same as He is “I AM WHO I AM.”

 

Thinking about this over the weekend, I cannot help but to be in awe on the different theologies that have come out from this passage. His name YWHW/Jehovah is a name based on the Hebrew VERB “to be” or “to become.” This made me think: God’s name is from a verb? It denotes God who is a God of action, and a God who supersedes time that His work and His name’s glory continues from past to present and to the future. He is not a God who just sits on His throne, but a God who acts on our behalf (Is. 64:4), making it possible for us to experience His glory day to day. He is not a God who just saved us and left everything on our own hands, but a God who carries out His work in us until it is completed when Christ returns (Phil. 1:6).

 

This should bring comfort to every believer who is growing to be impatient and restless upon the will of the Lord. God is not yet done. Our lives are in His hands (Job 12:10). If He has been faithful to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt and into the land He promised Abraham, then He will be true to His word that He will never leave us and forsake us (Deut. 31:6).

 

Another comfort this can bring us is the fact that He is from everlasting to everlasting. Our God that we worship, adore and study today is the same God that delivered the Israelites with all His power and might. We have the assurance that the powerful of God of the Israelites is the same powerful God we have. He is the same forevermore (Heb. 13:8), and He is the Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8), the beginning and the end. And this is God’s name: I AM WHO I AM!

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