“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.” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the Israelites: The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every generation.”
Exodus 3:13-15 CSB
In Hebrew culture names are related to identity, God is revealing his character to Moses, and as it says in Psalm 9:10, ‘those who know your name put their trust in you’. Knowing the names of God causes us to trust in Him, in his character and who He is revealing himself through that name.
Moses meets ‘I am’, a strange name and because of the grammar also means ‘I was’, ‘I will be’ and ‘I will cause to be what I will cause to be’. This encounter is an assurance to Moses that God always is there, that God is not changing and that there is no other force or reality before God. Moses’ last encounter with the Egyptians hadn’t gone so well and to go back into Egypt was a daunting task. But the revelation of the name of God was an assurance that God was with him, that Gods self existence was something he could rely on and that God will move in front of him.
We too can rest knowing ‘I am’ is with us, that we can trust him. Jesus too uses the name ‘I am’ in John 8:38, much to the authorities disgust, but demonstrating his deity and self existence. Christmas for some can sometimes be a time of loneliness but there is comfort in knowing Gods faithfulness, that He is always there and that He has the absolute ability to deal with any situations that we face.
Lord, in this season I ask for grace to know you as the great I am, the one who will never leave or forsake me. Thank you that I can trust in you and that you are faithful.
In your precious name.