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I AM WHO I AM

By Waldean Wall

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It’s not an easy task to communicate the infinite and perfect to minds that are small and self-referencing. This, however, was important to the task of bringing the enslaved Hebrews out of Egypt. If they were going to leave what was familiar and venture into the wilderness, they would need to know who they were following. So, Moses wanted to know what to say when the people asked, “What is his name?”

God’s initial response – “I AM WHO I AM” – was not what Moses was asking for. But then again, putting a name on the infinite, entirely self-sufficient, perfect, origin-of-everything God is not close to adequate. A name is not enough.

While God does give us the name LORD (Yahweh in the Hebrew – constructed from “I Am”), Scripture helps us in our search for more:

God is incomprehensible

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. – Psalm 145:3 (also see Romans 11:33)

God is self-existent

For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. – John 5:26

God is timeless

the Everlasting God. – Gen 21:33 (also see Psalm 41:13; 93:2)

In God’s perfection, God cannot change

For I the LORD do not change… – Malachi 3:6 (also see James 1:17)

God is invisible

See – John 4:24; Col 1:15; 1 Tim 1:17; Heb 11:27

God is present everywhere

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. – Psalm 139:7–10

God is a trinity

See – Matt 3:16-17; 2 Cor 13:14; Matt 28:19; 1 Peter 1:1-2

God knows everything

Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge – Job 37:16 (also see Psalm 19:14; 1 Chronicles 28:9

God is all-powerful

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. – Psalm 115:3 (also see Job 42:2; Jeremiah 32:27)

God is love

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:8 (also see John 4:16; 2 Corinthians 13:11)

God is perfectly just/righteous

for the LORD is a God of justice – Isaiah 30:18 (also see Psalm 89:14)

How can we know God better? Through Scripture God has shown himself to us. Through his Word we can know the One that is reality and gives meaning to everything. Read, study, meditate, pray.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. – Jeremiah 31:33–34

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Infinite God, my wisdom is nothing and my strength is nothing and my money is nothing, but you are perfect wisdom and unlimited power and in you is true wealth. Grant that I would know you and delight in your love and justice and righteousness. Amen

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