Monday, March 14, 2016

God Revealed His Name

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

YHWH — “I AM WHO I AM.” That is God’s self-revelation—His name. 

“I AM WHO I AM” describes a personal being. God is not a force, or magical power, or a genie, He is a person. He is a living God. He stands in stark contrast to lifeless idols. Isaiah said of Him, “I am the Lord; that is My name! I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols” [Isaiah 42:8]. 

Both Old and New Testament writers spoke about the “living God.” 

Psalm 42:2 - My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

Hebrews 10:31 - It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

“I AM WHO I AM” is a declaration about God’s timeless, constant, unchangeable nature. Moses wrote, “Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” [Psalm 90:2].

God is dependable. He doesn’t change. James wrote, “Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning” [1:17].

“I AM WHO I AM” are the same letters in Hebrew from which the word LORD is translated in Scripture. This LORD announced the promise of a Savior to Adam and Eve, and there is an interesting connection with it in the life of Jesus.

One day, Jesus claimed that He was the living God saying that Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing His day. The Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old and You have seen Abraham!”I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” [John 8:57-58]. 

“I AM WHO I AM” stepped into time to fulfill the promise of a Savior. He suffered and died, yes, and rose from the dead, not only to deliver us from slavery to sin, but also from the evil one—just as He promised.

“I AM WHO I AM” is the living God who is faithful in His saving love for you!

Then Moses asked God, “If I go to the Israelites and say to them: The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ what should I tell them?” God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:13-14

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