I AM WHO I AM
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.’ ” (Exodus 3:14 NKJV)
This statement of God is the most important statement made to His creature, mankind. The very first introduction Moses was to give a people that God was going to make them HIs own people and give His name to them and lead them and guide them is I AM WHO I AM. If we are to be His children, be lead by Him and obedient to Him we must see God as I AM WHO I AM.
Philosophy and science have not always been friendly toward the idea of God, the reason being that they are dedicated to the task of accounting for things and are impatient with anything that refuses to give an account of itself. By the very fact that the scientist is searching for the origin of things is confessing that everything was made by Someone. There is no origin to look for if it is evolution. It just happened.
When God says.”I AM WHO I I AM,” He is making a statement, unquestionable and un debatable. He chooses to be Who He is and He chooses to do what He wishes to. This is where the unbeliever fails. For he says if God is good how come there is so much suffering in the world? The lessor is trying to question the greater and hold the greater accountable. Sadly many Christians will go through their lives without once giving a thought to this revelation of HIm. So we question God. Why God are you doing this to me or letting this happen to me?
If we desire to know God this is where we must begin, not He as the healer Jehovah Rapha,or provider, Jehovah Jireh.
So let me state again that most Christian do not know the God they worship. This is the very essence form we get the word when referring to ourselves as I am,” so confessing that we derive from God and that our words are but an echo of His… own. We acknowledge God to be the great Original of which we through His goodness are copies of Him, if imperfect copies. No one else can say I AM WHO I AM. In this statement God is revealing Himself to be:
A) Uncreated One. He has no origin. Thats what makes Him God and distinguishes that which is God from whatever is not God.
B) Self existent One. He is not affected by anything or anyone.
C) Eternal One. Therefore I can depend on Him to be there for me;
D) Uncontrolled and un-Accountable One. No one can make Him change His mind about me;
E) Chooses His own character. When He does as He is unchangeable will always be that.
F) Unchangeable One. So I can ever trust Him;
G) In control of all creation at all times in anytime. His power is unsearchable.
These are very important to us to know if we are seeking to have an intimate relationship with God. The first commandment is love The Lord your God with all your heart all your soul and all your strength. In other words unquestionable love. Love, I AM WHO I AM and not for what you can gain. That is not love. But for Who He is. Love must comes form the heart. Salvation must be a heart condition Romans 10:9,10; What must you confess? What is in your heart. Worship must be from the heart in spirit and truth. That’s why God looks at the heart. He reveals Himself to the heart of man from within so all that that is without can be seen in a different light. When He told Moses go and tell them I AM WHO I AM sent you, He was saying you cannot know me unless I reveal Myself to you.
That is why Moses says, “Please, show me Your glory.” (Exodus 33:18 NKJV).
This was long, long after. the burning bush experience. After he had brought God’ people out of Egypt and into the wilderness.
Exodus 33:15-19 "…….. I will proclaim My name to you." vs.19. He did not say, "I have told you My name. Because God has no name, He is I AM". "…I will to whom I will." This is not debatable. —> Ex.34;6,7. His name as Jehovah or Yahweh is with reference to our salvation. Lord God is the name by which His creature, made in His image is to address Him by. He gave that name to Himself to make it easy for us address Him.
Unless you and I know Him as I AM WHO IAM
(A) we will worship a god not the God of the Bible. A God formed in our imagination.
(B) We will have no reverence in our worship to God. And
(C) We will not experience His manifest presence and create artificial atmosphere in place of God’ manifest presence. It does not take much for our emotions to be roused up.
(D) Church will grow with true Believers not those who come for a healing and then get it and walk away. And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (Acts 2:40, 41 NKJV)
God said those who approach me MUST regard me as Holy.
And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’ ” So Aaron held his peace. (Leviticus 10:3 NKJV).He did not question as the loss of his sons. He held his peace. When we begin to know God as ” I Am Who I Am” we will worship the true God.
(Message given by Ps. Lanil Gunasekara. Pastor of The Living Way Church.For more information go to www.livingwaychurch.org.au)