“This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.”
- Exodus 3:15b
Most of us have heard the story of God appearing to Moses in the burning bush and telling Moses that He was “The Great I Am.” However, do we really know the significance of this one gesture?
“I Am” is not only the “God who exists,” but the “God who effects His will.”
While Moses was having a face-to-face encounter with God, the enslaved Jewish people were fervently seeking the help of their Lord. …A Lord they had sought for deliverance from Egyptian authority for approximately 400 years!
Then Moses said to God, “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?’’ God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “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.
- Exodus 3:13-15 (ESV)
Our all knowing, perfect God knew His people’s hearts. He knew that when Moses returned to them on behalf of YHWH, the God who effects his will, that they would soon know Him as their SAVIOR.
“God with Us”
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
- Isaiah 7:14
The very same YHWH that fulfilled his promise of deliverance to the Jews in Egypt, promised to send His son…
Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
- Ephesians 2: 6-8 (ESV)
Take some time today to bask in the realization that our God is a promise keeper, a self-existent being who effects his will, and ultimately who desires for you to know his precious Son, God with you.