In the book of Genesis when the Lord spoke to Moses out of the burning bush instructing him to go to Egypt and lead the Israelites out of bondage, Moses asked his name. The reply was “I am that I am.”
The Hebrew words are ehyeh asher ehyeh. Many Bible scholars believe this could be translated “I will be what I will be” or “I will become whatsoever I may become.”
This phrase could be considered an idiom, an expression whose meaning cannot be understood by the individual words. Like “It’s raining cats and dogs” or “it costs an arm and a leg.”
So what was God saying by calling Himself “I AM
I think to Moses he was saying that He would be whatever Moses and the Israelites would need as He led them to freedom. To us today the great “I AM” tells us He is faithful and will be whatever we need in any and every situation we face.
With that in mind my list today is of the “I AM” Jesus spoke while on earth.
- I am the Bread of Life.
- I am the Light of the World.
- I am the Gate for the Sheep.
- I am the Good Shepherd
- I am the Resurrection and the Life.
- I am the Way and the Truth and the life.
- I am the True Vine.
- Before Abraham was, I am.
This week, I encourage you to think about these things Jesus claimed to be. What do they mean to you that he is the bread of life, light of the world, etc.?