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40 Days of Hope
Wednesday, March 6
The Great I Am
The Israelites were in dire straits, to say the least. A pharaoh had come into power who “knew not Joseph.” The former favor granted to the people of God by Egyptian leaders had eroded into an era characterized by oppression and slavery. God’s people were now captive, and the Promised Land seemed like a distant memory.
You might say, they had lost all hope. Many of them began to wonder if God even remembered them. In the midst of these bleak circumstances, God appeared to Moses at Mount Horeb. That dramatic encounter is recorded for us in Exodus 3.
It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of this page in our Bibles. Moses will now emerge as one of the giants in all of Biblical literature. He will forever be connected to the story of redemption for the people of God. Even more importantly, God revealed one of the deepest truths about Himself.
In verse 13, Moses posed a provocative question to God: What is Your Name? God’s response was one of deep Self-Revelation: “I AM WHO I AM.” He went on to say, “I AM has sent me to you.”
We will never fully grasp the depth of what this means. However, we know enough to know that God was expressing the eternal essence of His nature and being. He simply is. He has always been. He will always be. There has never been a time when He was not. There will never be a time when He is not. He is eternal. He is absolutely Self-Existent. How does He choose to communicate this deep truth? By simply claiming this name, “I AM.”
I won’t take the time here to seek to explain the theological commentary surrounding the Hebrew word, YHWH (I AM in English). Suffice it to say, it has captured the attention of both Jewish and Christian theologians for centuries. But I will point out that this is one of the great self-revelatory moments in all of Scripture. Our God is the only eternal God. He is eternally existent. He is unparalleled in the universe. He is fully God. He simply is!
Reflection: As we begin our journey, take some time to commit yourself to seeking a deeper understanding of God during this Easter Season. He has chosen to reveal Himself most fully through His Son, Jesus. Offer a prayer of commitment to Him as we begin our Easter Season.