When God reveals Himself to Moses through the burning bush, Moses questions, “When I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” God tells Moses to say to them, “I AM has sent me to you.” God identifies Himself as, “I AM,” Exodus 3:14. Let’s as readers, state the obvious: this is not a complete sentence! Nor is it a complete statement. I AM?
After you ponder this a while, it becomes clear why God decided to identify Himself this way. One thing we see, God cannot be defined as a “single” attribute. “I AM THAT I AM” means, I will become whatsoever I will become. Which is why scholars later consider Gods name to be Yahweh (YHWH), which means, “The becoming One.” Yahweh for us more relatable becomes, Jehovah.
Later in the Old Testament, Jehovah appears not in a single form, but with other attributes attached. These attributes that are used to identify God to His people, are attributes that God became at a specific time, for His people and to His people in their time of need. For Example: Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner); Jehovah Raah (The Lord my Shepherd); Jehovah Rapha (The Lord that Heals); Jehovah Shammah (The Lord is There); Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness); Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
All these meanings came at a time to a people or person that God met in a personal and powerful way. “I AM” became what He wanted to become in order that he would suffice the needs of His beloved creation.
Who has God become to you today? What are your needs? Remember, it is His desire and intention to become the God of all of your life!
Pastor Phil Moreno