• William T. Howe Ph.D.

January 18, 2021

Daily Reading: Exodus 1-3

Exodus 3:14

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.

Here you have it. A name that would bring about a course of action that changed the world. A name so small and yet a name of immense meaning. A name so simple that all can pronounce it, yet so profound that the greatest scholars of the world cannot grasp its complete meaning. When the voice that spoke to him out of the burning bush called his name, Moses replied: Here am I. He answered, Here am I to the great I AM. This man called Moses asked this voice several questions. One was Who am I and another was What is thy name. To which the voice said I AM THAT I AM. Again God is saying to Moses to tell the children of Israel that I AM has sent me.

The Great I AM. What does it mean? The entire question of who is this I AM is settled in this one statement in verse 6: I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. That settled it for Moses, this voice that spoke unto him was none other than The Lord God Almighty. The Everlasting One. The Ever Knowing One. The Ever Living One. The Ever Merciful One. The one and only God of Heaven and of Earth. This name, the I AM, is the everlasting name of God as told in verse 15 when God stated: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. The mighty God spoke to Moses out of the burning bush telling him much more, but none so important as His name.

Why? Because about 1,450 years after God announced His name to Moses it was used again. The religious leaders of the day asked a man whom they considered to be a heretic this question: Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? To which this man, whose common name was Jesus said of a truth: Before Abraham was, I am. This was the final insult; they knew they had to kill this imposter for He claimed to be the same voice that spoke to Moses out of the burning bush. How could this man be the I AM. They could not believe that this one called Jesus, the friend of sinners, could also be the great I AM.

Even today, most reject that Jesus was God in the flesh. Reject it if they will, but it's true. Something else is true too. When the voice said to Moses that He was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He indicated two truths. One, He was there with them through it all, He was the One they worshipped, He was the One that gave them directions, and the One they offered sacrifices unto. Two, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were still alive in Moses’ day. For He said I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob indicating that they were still alive. Moses could not see them for they were in Paradise, but they were and are still living. In Mark's commentary on this story Jesus said: He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err. (Mark 12:27)

Much error is caused today from the mistaken understanding of the great I AM. But for the simple people who live by faith and accept the Bible in its clearest interpretation they know the truth. After all "When the Bible makes perfect sense, seek no other sense."

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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