Ralph's Daily Devotional - Friday, June 1

Exodus 3:7-11 continues the account of Moses before God.  God's mentioning of the three patriarchs here must have evoked in Moses his deep-seated feelings for both his heritage with the Hebrew people (despite his Egyptian upbringing) as well as the fact of God's redemptive purpose for them.

Note that God does not say "I was" their God, but "I am," implying that they still live (Mark 12:27).  This demonstrates God as both protector and covenant benefactor toward His people.  The words "I AM" will become God's special name to His chosen people - YWVH, which is pronounced in English as "Yahweh."  In Hebrew, the W is pronounced as a V.

The Jews, in fearful reverence, substituted this title for the word "Adonai" which means "My Lord."  Seeing God evoked in Moses a sense of dread which is often repeated in the Bible, as in Isaiah 6:1-6.

Jesus uses this very name "I AM" in reference to Himself, which brings forth the condemnations of the Jews in which they seek to stone Him for blasphemy for calling Himself God (John 8:58,59).  Yet the church from its inception has recognized in Christ the eternal word made flesh, and having the name above every name (Phillippians 2:11).

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