This week we will be looking at the seven I AM statements Jesus made in the book of John. However, today we will look at Moses encounter with God at Mount Sinai. God has called Moses to go and lead the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt. Moses makes numerous excuses why he is not qualified for the job. Exodus 3:13-15 is God’s response to one of his excuses.
And 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? 14 And 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. 15 And 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. (Exodus 3: 13-15)
“This distinctive name of God identifies Him as the one who is eternally self-existent. All created entities had a beginning, including even time itself (Genesis 1:1). As creatures, we must reckon in terms of the past and future, but to the Creator of time, all is present. He is transcendent to time as well as space. The centuries that had passed since the promises had been made to “the fathers” had not caused God to forget them, for they were still as new as ever to Him.” (New Defender’s Study Bible Notes)
Between chapter 3 and chapter 12 many things happen. Moses finally goes. He reveals who sent him. God commands him to do miraculous signs. The children of Israel leave Egypt headed for the Promised Land. All along the way they are led by God, the great I AM.
Tomorrow we will begin our journey through the seven I AM declarations of Jesus.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001