THEME: 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.’
-I AM in Hebrew means Yahweh. The word is derived from the meaning to be or to become. Our God is a self existent God, Sovereign & cannot be contained in any boundaries or fully comprehended for His thoughts are higher than our thoughts & His ways higher than our ways (Isa 55:9). He is Omnipresent, Omniscience & Omnipotent. He is sovereign above all deity, powers, rulers & creator of all things. Our God is love. In the Bible we find a number of “I am” statements including; Exodus 3:14 Jesus introduces Himself to Moses as I AM WHO I AM, Leviticus 11:45 God declares His power in removing Israelites from Egypt & calls them to holiness, 1 Samuel 3:4 the LORD called Samuel & he answered, “Here I am!”, Job 10:15 Job laments that through either righteousness or wickedness he is still in misery, Isaiah 48:12 Jesus introduces Himself as the First & the Last, John 6:35 Jesus says “I am the bread of life”, John 8:12 Jesus says “I am the light of the world”, John 10:9 Jesus says “I am the door”, John 11:25-26 Jesus says “I am the resurrection and the life”, John 14:6 ”I am the way, the truth, and the life”, John 15:1-5 Jesus says “I am the true vine and My Father is the vinedresser”, 1 Peter 1:15-16 Jesus says “Be holy, for I am holy”, Revelation 1:17-18 Jesus says “I am the First and the Last, I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen” etc.
-For 40 years Moses was a scholar in Egypt & for another 40 years a shepherd in Midian, & was ready for his mission. When he went to the mountain of the Lord, God appeared to him through a burning bush in an illusion of flames that Moses couldn’t comprehend; for the shrubs were not consumed. Jesus then introduced Himself to Moses as I AM WHO I AM. Probably Moses did not understand this introduction & the Lord then said; “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, which is My name forever” (Exo 3:15). Moses response reveals his deficiencies in speech & authority; when he asks “who I’m I that I should go to Pharaoh & bring out the Israelites from affliction in Egypt”. Our responses to God may sometime correspond to those of Moses, but the Lord calls us to believe in Him & assures us that He made our mouths like sharpened swords, in the shadow of His hand He has hidden us, He has made us into polished arrows & concealed us in His quiver (Isa 49:2)
You are our King of glory, our great I AM, our great High priest & our sure Foundation Jesus, we praise Your name forever. Thank You Lord for the gift of life & for showing us Your loving kindness. We glorify You Father for You have heard our afflictions & have always made a way where there seems to be no way. As we begin this new week; shepherd us Lord in our going out & our coming in so that we may only do that which You have purposed for each one of us. Amen
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