What Does Exodus 3:14 Mean?

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

Exodus 3:14(KJV)

Verse Thoughts

God had revealed Himself to Adam; to Enoch; to Noah, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.. and to many other people, before Moses had his historic meeting with the God of Israel at Mount Sinai.

To Adam He was the triune creator Elohim. To Hagar He was the God who sees me. Abraham discovered Him to be the everlasting God and his gracious Provider, while He unveiled Himself to Jacob as - God: the God of Israel.

Moses knew all about the God of his forefathers.. and His promise to release His people from their 400 year bondage in Egypt, but in his fleshly enthusiasm, he tried to do God's work in his own strength.. which rendered Moses a 40 year-long wait in the wilderness to be ready for that deeper revelation of his God.

He knew instantaneously that this was the God of Israel in the midst of the burning bush, but as His representative to God's people, Moses wanted to know God's character and His attributes and so he asked: what is Your name? And in the most profound yet simple way.. Moses was to find His answer: 'I AM WHO I AM'; and he was further instructed: “ say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'

In the simplest of phrases God had disclosed to Moses that as the self-existent God, He was all His people would ever need. In disclosing this astonishing name to His servant, God was telling Moses that He could be depended upon to fulfil every requirement of His people Israel, for His faithfulness is never-ending and His mercy endures from one generation to the next.

God continued for centuries to unveil His name, His character and His attributes to His people Israel, who were to discover the Lord to be their Banner; their Healer their Peace; their Shepherd; their Rock; their Redeemer and their King, but eventually God gave the greatest revelation of Himself through the Person and work of His only begotten Son - Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus would continue to reveal to His people Israel and to His Church in this dispensation that HE IS WHO HE IS and that He is everything we will ever need, in this life and in the ages to come.

Jesus completed God's gracious revelation to mankind in many different ways, but perhaps the most memorable ways that Christ unveiled God's name; God's character and God's attributes was when He said: I AM the good Shepherd; I AM the Vine and I AM the Door. I AM the Bread of Life; I AM the Resurrection - I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life - no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.

Christ is fully God and fully Man, and in Him we have all we need for life and godliness. Let us walk in the light as He is in the light and learn of Him more and more with every passing day.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that You are all I have ever needed.. all I will ever need in the days to come- and all I need today. May I rest my soul in You and trust in Your unfailing promises - both to Your people Israel and to the Church, which is Your body. You alone are worthy of all my praise and thanks for ever and ever, AMEN.

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