DayBreaks for 10/18/19: The Message of I AM
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2009:
One could consider the various names used in Scripture for God or Jesus or the Spirit for a long, long time before exhausting all the possibilities. I’m sure that some of God’s names mean more to you than others and that is only natural. From time to time, your favorite name of God may change because of the life situation in which you find yourself. But of all the names of God, perhaps the most mysterious and intriguing was how He identified Himself to Moses and Abraham, and how Jesus referred to himself when responding to the Pharisees: “Before Abraham was, I AM.”
We sing songs about the great “I AM”. What’s the point of the name? Obviously, it indicates someone who IS – not someone who was but is no more, nor someone who is “becoming” something that they are not at the present time. It speaks, among other things, of the eternal nature of God in an exquisite way.
Still, there is something within me that has always felt like God stopped the sentence prematurely – that He intended to continue with a description of Himself that would be a bit more revealing than just saying, “I AM.” And maybe that’s where the intriguing mystery of the name comes into play.
What could God have said? He could have said that he was loving, long-suffering, patient, compassionate, merciful, eager to forgive, the Creator, the King…and the list could go on and on and on nearly for eternity. But if God had said that, it wouldn’t have been fully accurate. Love, righteousness, holiness, mercy, compassion…are all part of what God has created and they are part of His nature, but they are not God. As Athol Dickson said in The Gospel According to Moses, “This is part of the reason God said Israel would know him as “I Am.” That most personal name for God is significant as much for what it does not say as for what it does say. For example, it does not say, ‘I am love,’ or ‘I am holy,’ or ‘I am righteous,’ or ‘I am just.’ That would be confusing the effect with the cause. …When thinking about God’s essence, I must not think that he is love, for example, because even that noble idea leads to a limited conception of God. God simply is.”
Why did God say that He was “I Am?” Because it is the only words we lowly humans may have that can encompass all that is our God!
PRAYER: It is a great blessing, Father, to have a God is always has been, always is, and always will be, but it is equally wonderful to be lost in the wonder of Who You are! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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