I Am Who I Am
The amazing story of Moses at the burning bush is described in Exodus 3. In this passage we find out who God is and what His name is.
Ex 3:13,14…Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
Moses asks God who He is. Who do I say that you are to the people? What is your name? Who are you? God does not disappoint with His answer, how could He!?
I AM WHO I AM reveals something important about God – that He has no equal.
GOD = GOD. There is no equivalent for God but God Himself. If you place God on one side of your equal symbol for an equation, there is nothing to put on the other side but Himself.
God told Moses His name was I AM because God simply is; there was never a time when He did not exist, or a time when He will cease to exist. God doesn’t need anybody or anything – life is in Himself. God is everything.
I AM gives us the sense that God is ‘the becoming one’; God becomes whatever is lacking in our lives. The name I AM invites us to fill in the blank to meet our need – when we are in darkness, Jesus says I am the light; when we are hungry, He says I am the bread of life, when we are defenceless, He says I am the Good Shepherd. God is everything we could ever need or want…He is I AM.
God is God. There is no question or debate. It just is.
In Matt 16 Jesus asks His disciples if they know who He is. Verse 15 says…He said to them, “But who do YOU say that I am?”
This is a very direct and personal question. Do you know who God is? Do you know His name? Jesus is interested in you. He loves you and wants to know you personally. I encourage you to seek Him and know Him. He is worth it – the great I AM.