Who Are You Again, God?
Tuesday - September 1st Scripture to Read Today: Exodus 3:1-15
Jehovah - “I AM WHO I AM”
Day 1 of 30 Days of the Names and Attributes of God
Moses said to God, "Suppose 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?' Then what shall I tell them?" God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
Moses wasn't initially sure just which God was sending him to Pharaoh. The voice from the burning bush had not had a voice-over announcer declare His name. Nor was there any signboard in front of the bush indicating exactly which God was speaking from it. Sure Moses had been born into a Jewish family. But, that family was enslaved in Egypt along with the rest of the Nation of Israel at the time. Moses' life had been threatened when He was born and through the sovereign hand of Israel's God, he had been discovered and raised by Pharaoh’s daughter.
After fleeing because he had taken the life of an Egyptian taskmaster who had been beating an Israelite slave, Moses found himself 40 years later talking to a burning bush. He felt like he was the wrong man for the job. Challenging Pharaoh and then leading God's people home to the promised land given by God to his ancestor, Abraham, was not something for which Moses felt qualified. The timing seemed odd as well. Moses was eighty years old. He stuttered and stammered. And, he had spent the last 40 years as a shepherd in the wilderness. Not exactly a picture of a heroic type, but God knew what He was doing.
Moses suggested God might rather have his brother Aaron be the voice to speak to Pharaoh and lead His people. But, God knew what He was doing. He knew the heart Moses had for Him. But, Moses was not so sure. He asked God what he should say to Pharaoh if the King of the Egyptians asked as to which God had sent Moses to him. God gave the most precise and purest answer possible. He said tell Pharaoh that "I AM Who I AM" sent you. The language used was where we get the term for Jehovah. It means He is THE GOD - the self-existent one who always was, is, and always will be.
Moses went to Pharaoh and let the King know who it was that had sent Him. Pharaoh was stubborn. After a series of devastating plagues, he let the Israelites leave the bondage of Egypt and head toward the promised land under Moses' leadership.
"I AM that I AM" means Jehovah. This name is perhaps one of the most basic names for God. But, its ultimate meaning has nothing basic about it. It means "the one who always was, is, and will be." Jehovah transcends time and space. The standard dimensions we know of our universe do not contain Him. If you know Jesus as your Savior, Jehovah is your God. Jesus lived in human flesh but was Jehovah Himself. The same God that spoke to Moses from the burning bush came and walked amongst us as human beings.
Today in our Take5 devotionals, we launch a month-long series of devotionals that focus on God's names and attributes (or divine characteristics). Throughout September, we will build on a resource available online from the Navigators Ministry: "30 DAYS OF PRAYING the Names and Attributes of God." We will take this resource and build upon the brief, one to two sentence descriptions it gives of 30 names and attributes of God. Join us for all 30 days. Take this month to see your God for Who He is. Knowing God and Who He is can be such a blessing and an incredible way to grow in Christ.
Like Moses, wherever you go as a follower of Christ, you are promised that Jehovah goes with you! Remember that today!
Jehovah - The self-existent One who always was, is, and will be!