Great I Am

The children of Israel were miserable in Egyptian bondage – the slavery was killing them. I’m not sure they knew who they were crying out to in Exodus 2:23-25 but I am sure of the one who heard them. It was the Great I AM, the creator God of this universe, and He was going to deliver them. The Great I AM is the greatest promise keeper ever. He remembered the covenant He made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. So God raised up Moses to lead the children of Israel out of their bondage, cross the Red Sea into the wilderness, and eventually bring them into the promised land. He is truly the Great I AM.

We are like the Israelites: we were in misery – our sins kept us in bondage/slavery, and we were (spiritually) dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1). We cried out to God and He heard us. He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, into the world to save/deliver us from our bondage/slavery of sin. The Great I AM is the greatest promise keeper ever and He fulfilled His promise through Abraham in that “all the families of the earth would be blessed in him” – all the way from Genesis 12:3 to Galatians 3:6-9. When we put our faith in Jesus we are baptized into Christ and like the Israelites we are brought through water to safety/salvation by the grace of God – the blood of the Lamb (I Peter 3:20-21). And, just like Israel needed to be faithful to God so we also need to continue to live by faith in the wilderness (life on earth) until we finally enter the promised land of heaven.

What is extra special/awesome is that Jesus is the Great I AM as we read John’s gospel (John 8:48-59). Jesus is the eternal Son of God who came to earth to carry out the promise of God. We have the honor of fellowship with the Great I AM all the way from here to heaven as His Holy Spirit lives in us as a down payment for the future inheritance as THE children of God.

Read Exodus 3:1-15; Galatians 3:15-22 and listen to The Great I Am by Phillips, Craig & Dean

Exodus 3:1-15

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘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,
    the name you shall call me
    from generation to generation.

Galatians 3:15-22

Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.

Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

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