The Great I Am
In Exodus chapter 3, God gives us the account of His encounter with Moses in the desert. It is an amazing encounter indeed. The God of the universe revealing Himself to a mere man. The Creator stooping down from His throne high above the universe in order to introduce Himself to His creation. And what did He have to say? A lot.
- He knows each of us by name. God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!”
- He is Holy. Then He said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
- He sees everything. Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings,”
- He is faithful. “and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land,”
- He hears our prayers. “And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me”
- He is. 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?” 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.’”
- He desires relationship. God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord (YAHWEH), 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.”
- He is sovereign. “But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go.”
- He is righteous. “And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”
Believer, spend some time this Thanksgiving pondering the extravagance of God. What greater treasure is there than to know Him?
“And this is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3