Who Are You?

 followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 3:13-15 [2]

Moses first objection, “Who am I?”, to the second chance to fulfill his calling left him sitting on the sidelines as irrelevant. God had a plan that will be fulfill based on who he is not who Moses is. The second objection is a logical progression. Who are you? Anyone could say the God of your fathers spoke to me. If Moses really knew the God of their fathers, he would know his name.

God responded to the inquiry for his name by saying “I AM”. The Hebrew word translated “I AM” means “to exist.”[3] God followed this assertion of his existence by repeating the name he already gave to Moses when he told Moses he was standing on holy ground. “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. God instructed Moses to tell the Hebrews the God of your ancestors “exists”. After 200 years the question of his existence would be valid.

The repetition of God’s name reminded Moses and later the Hebrews of the oath God swore to fulfill when Abraham obeyed him. This is a key to understanding God’s actions during the deliverance of his people. God appeared to Moses because God remembered his promised to a man who possessed God pleasing faith.

In summary, God told Moses to say to the Hebrews that the God who swore an oath to Abraham that both the Hebrews and the Gentiles who have the same kind of faith in God that Abraham did will become a great nation more numerous than the dust of the earth and the stars of heaven. This diverse multitude of people from every nation will possess the Promised Land, and be a blessing to all nations. God will bless those who bless them and curse those who curse them. He will establish his covenant to be their God. They will possess the gate of their enemies, which is another way of saying they will not be governed by those who hate them. They will govern their enemies. This God exist and has appeared in remembrance of that oath.[4]

If Moses had any question about the part he would play in the oath being fulfilled or that the oath would be fulfilled within his lifetime God put it to rest. Regarding his name, God also said, “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.” Not only did God exist when Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived, he will exist forever. He does not have the limitation of time that humanity suffers with. Therefore it will take generations for his plan to be fulfilled.

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] H1961 היה hâyâh haw-yaw’ A primitive root, to exist (Strongs Concordance)

[4] Exodus 2:24

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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