I AM!

Exodus 3:13-14 “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: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 

Do you know God?  Who indeed is this being?  God spoke face to face with Moses on more than one occasion.  Yet, in this intimacy, when God told Moses to go to Israel and deliver them from the Egyptians, Moses didn’t know how he would begin to describe this awesome being to them.  Moses knew that if he told Israel that God himself had sent him to them, they would begin to ask questions – and the most basic one – if you say “God” sent you to us, then what is his name?  And Moses, anticipating that question, didn’t know what he should say.  How do you describe deity with one name?  Indeed, the Bible is filled with many names for God, all designed to reveal some or other aspect of is infinite character.  Interesting God’s answer to Moses was “tell him I AM sent you.”  God said of himself, I just AM.  I exist. 

The Bible says that every person in their heart of hearts knows that God exists.  Romans 1:21 tells us, in speaking of all natural ungodly, rebellious men “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”  In other words, in their foolishness, people work to put the God who is so evident to us all out of their minds.  Surely the very “heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.  Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard (Psalm 19:1-3).”  Everything we see, feel, touch, smell, hear or taste, from the moment we wake in the morning to the moment we fall asleep at night, was created by Him and is evidence of Him.  A person must work at it to not recognize this, but man proves he is more than willing to close his eyes to this ONE, the mighty “I AM.”  And the “I AM” is eternally the “I AM,” i.e., he ALWAYS WAS and ALWAYS WILL BE.  He is eternal in his very being. He didn’t come from anything as a first cause. He IS the first cause. Everything else proceeds from Him, including each and every one of us.  To acknowledge this is one of the most basis steps to knowing Him.  It is a step that involves humbling ourselves before the author of the universe and acknowledging to the extent we can even grasp that this great God, this great I AM, is high above us and greater than us to an extent that we can just barely begin to grasp.

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