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God is LORD, I AM, the Self-Existent One

Day Six
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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Do bushes really talk? Remember the Bible story of Moses and the burning bush? In Exodus 3, God talks through a burning bush, and tells Moses His formal name - Yahweh (Hebrew) meaning I AM. In English Bibles the word LORD (in all capitals) is Yahweh, and is used over 6,000 times in the Old Testament.

LORD or I AM means the being Who is absolutely self-existent. Isaiah 43:10-11 says,

...Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me. I, even I, am the LORD...NASB®

It makes sense that the One True God is self-existent, doesn't it? Being self-existent means existence derived from itself, having no other source. God doesn't need any element of creation for His existence. (Acts 17:24-25) God wasn't created but He is the Creator. Before the earth was or even before the beginning of time, the LORD existed. In reality, if it wasn't for Him nothing would exist. How will knowing that God is the self-existent One affect your life?

...For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible...all things have been created through Him and for Him.... Colossians 1:16 NASB®

Exodus 3:1-15 tells us God's formal name, but it also gives us a view of Who God is. Exodus 3:1-15 is summarized below.

Now Moses...led the flock to... the mountain of God. The angel of the LORD (Jesus Christ) appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush...When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush... Then He said, "Do not come near here;...for the place on which you are standing is holy ground..." Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.... The LORD said, "I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land...Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt." But Moses said to God, "Who am I...that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?" And He said, "Certainly I will be with you..." "Now they may say to me, 'What is His name?' What shall I say to them?" God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you." God, furthermore, said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.' This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations..." NASB®

LORD, the self-existent One, created all life and needs no one - yet He wanted to talk to and share His divine name with the man, Moses. While talking, the LORD reassured Moses that He sees, hears, knows all things, and will be with him. And that He will deliver His suffering people and bring them to a prosperous land. The One True God wants to have a relationship with you and to provide for you. He sees and hears your suffering and afflictions and wants to save you. Go to God in prayer. As you can see from the story of the burning bush, God wants to communicate with you.


Life Application:

Quickly read Exodus 3:1-15 from your Bible.

How did the LORD, the Self-Existent One, care for His people in Exodus 3?

Write a few sentences describing God from Exodus 3.

Does any information about God in Exodus 3 make you want to love Him?

Jesus Christ is the LORD, I AM, the self-existent One, Who needs no one, yet died so you could be with Him. (John 1:12-13, 18, 29, 8:23-24, 58) Reflecting on this fact, do you feel cherished and looked after by the One True God? Explain why?

Take a few moments to thank the LORD for dying for you.


Extra info: The Angel of the LORD is a theophany. Theophany means a direct communication or appearance by God the Son, or Jesus Christ, to human beings. These theophanies were temporary manifestations. They took place before the incarnation of Christ, which, though it began in time will continue for all eternity.


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