I AM WHO I AM….I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE

I know you have seen it before but the beauty of God talking to Moses bears repeating often.

In Midian, following the killing of the Egyptian, God speaks to Moses.  After revealing his plan to deliver the Hebrews out of bondage, God tells Moses His name:

Exodus 3:13-15  Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”  (14)  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”  (15)  God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘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, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

I AM WHO I AM!  When God speaks about Himself in the first person “I”, it pays to listen.  Later on God again tells what “I AM” will do.

God has promised Moses that Pharaoh’s heart will be hardened against letting the people of Israel go, despite God’s promise to deliver them.  With each attempt at resisting God, Pharaoh’s heart gets harder, until he is unmoved by even the threat of death to his people.

Early on, Pharaoh increases the burden on the people because of Moses plea to let the people go.  The Hebrew’s blame Moses and Moses turns to God to ask “why”.  God speaks:

Exodus 6:1-9  But the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”  (2)  God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD.  (3)  I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them.  (4)  I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners.  (5)  Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant.  (6)  Say therefore to the people of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.  (7)  I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.  (8)  I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.'”  (9)  Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.

Amazing!  I will, I am, I appeared, I established, I heard, I remembered, I will bring, I will deliver, I will redeem, I will take, I will be, I will give……..I AM WHO I AM!

The same physical promises given to the nation of Israel are available to spiritual Israel [the Church] through the Son, Jesus Christ.  God has made himself known!  Amen and Amen!

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