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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I Am Who I Am

Exodus 1:1 thru Exodus 7:13

Yesterday we began our journey with Moses but seeing as we finished up Job over the weekend leaving us hanging would make all that hard work seem unfinished, therefore I blogged yesterday regarding our reading from Saturday and Sunday.  You can click here to read post.

With that said, I will take Monday and Tuesday's reading and write today's post, which began with the sons of Jacob growing into the nation of Israel.

Remember, when we departed Genesis, Joseph had moved his father and all his brothers and their families to Egypt. Many years pass and the children of Jacob became so vast the Egyptians began to fear them, causing the Egyptians to enslave them.

Knowing you have read our designated reading I’m not going to recapitulate everything in detail. But over the past two days we did read about Moses' birth, his miraculous salvation (aren’t all salvations miraculous), his murdering of an Egyptian, then his fleeing to Midian, his becoming a husband, father and shepherd.

And in chapter 3 he gets a call, a call to rescue God’s people.

God heard their groaning and remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and with Jacob. And God saw the people of Israel and knew it was time to set His people free. Exodus 2:24-25

The children of Israel will no longer be defined by their years of slavery, but by their covenant relationship with God who has heard their cries and remembered his promises.

Moses, though, the one whom God asked to go before Pharaoh is not too excited about his new marching orders and begins a protest and debate with God.

Moses: Who am I?

God: I will be with you.

Moses: Whom shall I say has sent me?

God: I Am Who I Am.

The footnote said, I Will Be What I Will Be. What is it that God will be? Anything you need Him to be.

If you are sick, He will be your healer. If you are tired, He will be your strength. If you are bound, He will be your deliverer. If you are sad, He will be your joy. If you are worried, He will be your peace.

'I am' is the present tense of the active form 'to be'. As God’s name it means that He is constant unchanging, always present, always God.

So when God said I Am he was letting Moses know I Am is in control. I Am the center of the universe. I Am the creator and sustainer of life. I Am here. I Am more than enough. I Am God.

And if God's name is I Am then Moses' name is I Am Not.  And so is my name.

I Am Not the center of the universe. I Am Not the creator and sustainer of life.  I Am Not more than enough.  I Am Not in control and I Am Not God.

We should never be quick to protest God when He calls us to do something bigger than we are because He is the great I Am in us. I am not enough, but God is more than enough for me.

One more thing I want to add before saying goodbye. We closed our reading today with God encouraging Moses. God simply requested Moses to go, He would do the rest.

I will make you seem like God…

I will make Pharaoh’s heart stubborn…

I will bring down my fist on Egypt…

I will rescue my forces- my people, the Israelites…

When I raise my powerful hand and bring out the Israelites, the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.

In Exodus 5:2 Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord?... I don’t know the Lord.

Well, tomorrow, he’s getting his first introduction to... I Am.

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