Moses had a life-changing encounter with God in the wilderness about 3500 years ago. He witnessed a bush on fire but not consumed by the fire. As He approached He heard the voice of God. Moses was in awe and fearful of his encounter. As God spoke to Moses about his purpose and “call” of God on his life, Moses heard it but could not get his mind around it. We know ourselves well enough to know our weaknesses and our fears.
We try to play it safe and avoid situations that will put us in positions where we could be shamed or fail. Toward the end of Moses encounter with God at the burning bush, he moves from fearful to somewhat open to God’s call upon his life. He wants to know if he were to answer “yes” how will he go forward and how will people follow him? He must know the name of the God who is calling him to lead.
“What is His name?” This is why Moses asks “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them (Ex 3:13).
God says “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations” (Ex 3:14-15).
This is the covenantal name of God. I AM means the self-existent one or literally “I AM that I AM.” God is revealing Himself to Moses as the Uncaused One.
We are a human being…we have a finite existence and there was a time when we didn’t exist. Not so with God for He has always existed and has no need of anyone outside of Himself to exist.
Beginning the weekend of March 12/13 we start a series at the Grace Place titled“I Am”. In this series we will explore who Jesus said He is to mankind.
March 12/13 “I am the Shepherd…I am the Door”
March 19/20“I am the Way, The Truth, The Life”
March 26/27“I am the Resurrection and the Life”
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