Knowing God’s name gives us confidence that he will always remembers his promises to us. When Moses asked who he is, God said to Moses (Exodus 3:14):
“I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
Hebrew ‘I AM’ sounds like ‘Yahweh’, and that’s what is meant every time you read ‘the LORD’ in your Bible. But what does ‘I AM’ mean?
It could be the present tense, ‘I am who I am’. He is totally independent and can’t be changed by others. For him to save you, it must be on his terms. We don’t decide what God is like, as if he’s a Bunning’s DIY project god! He is who he is.
It could be the past tense, meaning ‘I have always been who I have always been’. He’s got history with his people, he’s not a ‘Johnny come lately’ but is the God of Moses’ ancestors, the one who has made promises and is committed to ongoing relationship.
Or it could be the future tense, ‘I will be who I will be’. He has a future, and there is more to come in how he acts to save his people… ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet, watch what I am about to do with you!’
It might be all three meanings… you can trust the God who has history with you and has made promises in the past; you can trust the God who is real and who is independent to you; and you can trust the God who says we have a future together – I’m about to save you, this is just the beginning.
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.