Exod.3:14 – And God said to Moses, “ I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “This is what you shall say to the sons of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
Who is this One who is calling out to Moses from the burning bush? This is the God of eternity; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is the God of the ages who is still calling out to His own, calling them out of the darkness of this generation into His marvelous light. He is calling out to you if you can hear His voice. What is His name and what does His name mean to us? He called Himself “I am”. This is the name Jesus called Himself many times throughout His ministry. I am the Bread of Life, I am the Resurrection, or simply I am. But what does that mean in our complicated day to day lives? Matthew Henry gives us a glimpse into the significance of the name in his comments on this verse:
“That he might revive among them the religion of their fathers, which, it is to be feared, was much decayed and almost lost. This was necessary to prepare them for deliverance. That he might raise their expectations of the speedy performance of the promises made unto their fathers. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, are particularly named, because with Abraham the covenant was first made, and with Isaac and Jacob often expressly renewed; and these three were distinguished from their brethren, and chosen to be the trustees of the covenant, when their brethren were rejected. God will have this to be his name for ever, and it has been, is, and will be, his name, by which his worshippers know him, and distinguish him from all false gods.”
Listen carefully to Henry’s explanation; he said that the name was connected to a revival of the religion of his fathers. That is exactly what we are in danger of losing, the religion of our forefathers, and the religion we desperately need today. This generation needs a revival connected to the history of our fathers. Secondly, he said that this name was connected to the fulfillment of all the promises of God to our fathers. This is a promise that the Lord will be with us and He will complete everything He has promised us. We have His word for protection, provision, and guidance for all of our days. He is I am, the One who never changes. He is with us today.