A long time ago in Egypt, God’s people, the Israelites or the Hebrews as they are sometimes called, were put into slavery. They cried out to God and He heard them. He sent someone to bring them out of slavery and the wicked Pharaoh. This man’s name was Moses. Moses grew up as Pharaoh’s adopted grandson even though he was a Jew because God had a plan to save him when it was ordered that all of the baby boys were to be killed. When Moses was older, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. He became angry and he killed the Egyptian and fled into the wilderness to hide. While he was there, God spoke to him out of a bush that was on fire but didn’t burn. God told Moses that he would lead God’s people out of Egypt. When God tells Moses this, he begins making excuses for why he can’t go. One of them is that he doesn’t know God’s name and doesn’t think the Israelites will believe him. This is where we pick up. We’ll read Exodus 3:13-15.
“13 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 want you to look at verse 14 again. God tells Moses that he is the “I am”. He doesn’t say I’ll be strong for you when you’re weak. I’ll give you peace when you’re scared. I’ll show you what to do when you’re unsure. He says that He is “I am”. God gives Moses His name. In Hebrew (the language this book of the Bible was written in), the name is the verb “to be”. Chuck Smith said “”The Becoming One is named Yahweh, The Becoming One”, as God becomes to you whatever your need might be.”
Do you have a need? Whatever that need is, God can fill it. Throughout the Bible “I am” is used about 5,000 times. In John specifically, we see that God calls Himself the following:
“I am the bread of life” (John 6:35, 48, 51)
“I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).
“I am the door of the sheep” (John 10:7, 9)
“I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11, 14)
“I am the resurrection, and the life” (John 11:25)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6)
“I am the true vine” (John 15:1, 5)
The next time you find yourself in need of something, know that God is able to do it and that He is willing. Romans 8:14-16 says
“14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons] of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,”
I love this passage because God tells us that we are God’s children but in the most perfect way. He is never annoyed by us. He never gets upset at us. He also is never surprised because He knows more about us than we know about ourselves. Just like a child can run into a parent’s arms and never be worried about being turned away, we can feel the same way about God. Another great passage is Hebrews 4:14-16. It says:
“14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Jesus was a human who experienced all the same types of things we do: fear, hunger, temptation, pain. Because of this, He knows what we need and He encourages that we can confidently go before Him when we have a need.
What about you? Is God your Father? When you have a need, are you able to pray to I Am, to the One who is able to become whatever you need because you belong to Him?
I want to share one last “I am” statement with you. It’s in John 14:6:
“6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ”
Jesus is the only way to eternal life in Heaven, to forgiveness of your sins, and to fill that emptiness inside. If you’ve never asked Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you for your sins, I encourage you to make that decision now.
Pray: Dear Jesus, please forgive me for my sins. I ask You to come into my heart and change me into the person that You want me to be. Thank You for being the God who is everything that I need and, most of all, for being my Savior. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.