December 7th, 2016
Exodus 3:1-6, 12-15
Can you imagine Moses’ surprise when the flaming bush started to talk? In Exodus 3:2, an angel talked to Moses; in verse 4, it was God speaking. Who would not hide their face when talking to God? Moses was humbled when he was warned that he was standing on holy ground.
Moses understood God’s introduction: “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob” (v. 6). However, when commissioned “to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt,” Moses pushed for more. “Suppose I go to the Israelites . . . and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (vv. 10, 13).
I love God’s response: “I AM WHO I AM”. No one but God could make such a statement–no qualifiers needed!
Musician David Phelps, in his song “The Dream,” identifies “I AM WHO I AM” as wisdom, truth, and mercy: the Alpha and Omega. Singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith describes “I AM” as the Root of David, the Bright and Morning Star, the Lion of Judah, and the Lamb.
Author: Pat Kissell