And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel,
'I AM has sent me to you.' " Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel:
'The LORD 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 this is My memorial to all generations.'
God Who? (Part 6)
A name holds great importance as it reveals much about a person. In many eastern cultures still today, as in Bible times, a name was given to reveal the character of its bearer. Even today in our own society, a person's name automatically brings to our mind the character traits that person has acquired through their life and lifestyle. It is no wonder God commands that we must not take His name in vain. His name reveals His character. His name reveals who He is and His desire for His beloved creation.
In all actuality, God is referred to by many names. The modern translations of the Bible omits these names in the translation process, but they can be found in the original manuscripts and early religious writings. All the same, the omission of these names does not minimize the revelation of His character as revealed in the messages of these same passages of Scripture.
In Exodus 3, God reveals Himself in a personal manner. When God appeared to Moses with instructions to return to Egypt that He (God) may break the bondage of the Egyptians and fulfill a long made promise to Israel, Moses questioned God. What is your name? Who are you? Who shall I say sent me? God responded by revealing Himself in a manner that related personally with the Israelites. He stated that "I Am That I Am." God revealed Himself as the self existing One; the God of Abraham; the God of Isaac; the God of Jacob. He revealed Himself as the I Am, Yahweh, Jehovah God, God of a covenant relationship, and God of faithfulness.
Yahweh describes God's unchanging character. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Yahweh expresses God's covenant (and faithfulness to that covenant) with His people. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but His words will never fail (Matthew 24:35).
To know God as Yahweh, is to know that we can trust Him. It is to know that He never makes a promise He does not intend to keep. To know God as Yahweh is to remember the covenant He has made with His people and the blessed promise of an eternal kingdom. As we journey to the Promised Land with Yahweh leading our path, we know that this earth is not our home. We are pilgrims passing through. Our citizenship is in Heaven. Our culture should not be that of mortal man, but should reflect the very character of Christ.
HIS NAME IS Yahweh. He is Jehovah God. He is God of the covenant, faithfulness, and grace. He is the great I Am. He is unchanging and there is none like Him.