“Say… I AM” - November 18, 2020
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.’ Exodus 3:14
I’m part of a support group of colleagues from various locations in North America who connect monthly via ZOOM. In our sharing and studying, we have been referencing various parts of the life of Moses. Through these sessions we discuss the burdens and joys of our own journeys in seeking God as we aim to strengthen our own innermost selves, our souls. In addition to providing mutual support for one another, one of our group’s objectives is to better ourselves for God’s service ‘in the crucible of ministry.’
One of the most dramatic encounters with God in the Bible occurs in the story of Moses. Famously, in Exodus 3 Moses encounters God with the appearance of a burning bush. During this scene, God says to Moses (verse 7), "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them...."
Here, despite what previously seemed to be silence, God shows himself as the One who has been listening, has been caring, has been identifying himself with his people -and as the One poised to take action. In this encounter, Moses comes to know that God is Holy; God is glorious; God is mysterious but it especially registers that God is real and present. Truly, God is with us. This conclusion of faith reaches its climax in verse 14, when God gives his name, the name translated Yahweh, the name "I AM" or "I AM WHO I AM" or “I AM THE PRESENT ONE.”
Wherever our journeys take us today or in the coming weeks and beyond, we can be assured that the God who is the great I AM is present with us: supporting us, listening to our cries, promising us rescue and sending us out to offer the world some good news.
PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: Dear God, we live each day grateful for the one who best fulfills your promises, Jesus Christ: the One who came to live among us (John 1:14) and who vows to be with us to the very end of time (Matthew 28:20), even as he sends us out in your name. AMEN.
Check out the link to the song “I Will Be There.” It was specially translated into English this past June and released in response the pandemic by the band Sela. Be sure to read the background notes to the song located just below the video title.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwdXxBZBnSg&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop