For His Glory!
I AM WHO I AM
Who would make such a claim? And what was this proclamation meant to clearly reveal about the speaker? Long before Yeshua (Jesus) declares many of His "I Am" statements in the Gospel of John this statement was declared to Moses on the mountain of God (Exodus chapter 3). Is this the same Divine being? Are there other Scriptures supporting such a profound self declaration? (For a list of some of the I Am scriptures see MEM issue 90)
Exodus 3:13-14Then Moses said to God, "Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, 'What is His name?' What shall I say to them?" And 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.'"
I AM WHO I AM…Because that tense in the use of the Hebrew tongue comprehends all times, past, present, and to come, to signify that all times are alike to God, and all are present to him; and therefore what is here, I shall be, is rendered, I am, by Christ; John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."
Psalm 90:4For a thousand years in Thy sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night.
2Peter 3:8But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
I am that I am,.... This signifies the real being of God, his self-existence, and that he is the Being of beings; as also it denotes his eternity and immutability (unchangeableness), and his constancy and faithfulness in fulfilling his promises, for it includes all time, past, present, and to come; and the sense is, not only I am what I am at present, but I am what I have been, and I am what I shall be, and shall be what I am.
I AM THAT I AMEHEYEH asher EHEYEH. These words have been variously understood. The Vulgate translates EGO SUM QUI SUM, I am who am. The Septuagint, εγωειμι οων, I am he who exists. The Syriac, the Persic, and the Chaldee preserve the original words without any gloss. The Arabic paraphrases them, The Eternal, who passes not away; which is the same interpretation given by Abul Farajius, who also preserves the original words, and gives the above as their interpretation. The Targum of Jonathan, and the Jerusalem Targum paraphrase the words thus: "He who spake, and the world was; who spake, and all things existed." As the original words literally signify, I will be what I will be, some have supposed that God simply designed to inform Moses, that what he had been to his fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, he would be to him and the Israelites; and that he would perform the promises he had made to his fathers, by giving their descendants the promised land. It is difficult to put a meaning on the words; they seem intended to point out the eternity and self-existence of God.
Not only self-existent but sameness:
Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
These words may be expressive of the duration of Christ: he was "yesterday", which does not design the day immediately foregoing, nor some little time past, but ancient times… even to the whole Old Testament dispensation; yea, to the beginning of the world, when he existed not only as the eternal Word, the everlasting "I am", but as the Savior and Redeemer of his people; during which dispensation he frequently appeared in an human form, and was the sum of all promises and prophecies, and the substance of all types and shadows, and the spiritual food of his people: and he is "today" …in his person as God-man, and in his offices as prophet, priest, and King: and will be so "for ever": …his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his priesthood an unchangeable one.
This ‘I Am’ – the same yesterday, today, and forever – is also the first and the last:
Isaiah 44:6 "Thus says the LORD (YHVH), the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.
I am the first, and I am the last; the first cause and last end, of all things in nature, and providence, and grace; all things are of him, through him, and from him; all things were made by him in creation, and for his pleasure they are and were created; and all things are disposed of in his providence for his own glory; and he is the first in reconciliation, justification, and salvation, and all are to the glory of his grace: or this is a periphrasis of his eternity, who is from everlasting to everlasting, without beginning or end, the Alpha and Omega; the same is said of Christ, Re 1:8, and all the other characters before mentioned agree with him:
"Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; I am the first, and I am the last.
"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
This ‘I Am’ – forever the same – Will dwell with the humble.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite." (Isaiah 57:15; ESV)
But God doesn't only live beyond our reach; he says through Isaiah that he also lives "with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit." While the rituals of Yom Kippur (Atonement) are designed to get in touch with what it means to be "of a contrite and lowly spirit", God's dwelling with us is not based on a one-day performance, but rather on an ongoing attitude of heart and life.
Deut. 32:39See now that I am He, and there is no god beside Me. It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, and there is no one who can deliver from My hand.
Hebrews 12:2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
Here is an apt description of the ‘I Am who I Am’ our Savior, Yeshua:
Colossians 1:14-20(ESV) 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
WOW! – We can have the very I Am – dwelling in and working in us – praise YHVH!
Proverbs 1:20Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: 22 "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? 23 If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.
Here is a call to wisdom – from the ‘I Am’ – with the blessed promise of its spirit and words of knowledge if we but submit to her. Reading on in the Proverbs you will find that not listening to the call of wisdom leads to curses.
How do we get this wisdom and where does it come from?
Proverbs 2:1My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; 3 yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.
Ephesians 1:17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.
Evidence of wisdom:
James 3:17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
"Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." (George Washington)
Coming to understand the first cause – the Creator and His Government (Kingdom) is a force that we must handle with care and not irresponsibly. How can we do that? Seek His Kingdom first and His righteousness. Worship Him in Spirit and truth (His Word). Yield to the Shepherd and His ever loving kindness with our whole heart.
In our pursuit of humility: (Lesson from humility in daily life.)
"Once again, let me repeat what I have said before. I feel deeply that we have very little concept of what the church suffers as a result of its lack of humility—the self-abasement that makes room for God to prove His power." Andrew Murray
Why might that be? It may be because we do not have the ever-living I Am, the ever-loving One abiding within. He is the very Creator and yet He humbly stepped down to take on flesh that we might be redeemed. He tasted of our nature and offered us the power of His Spirit so we can be conformed to His image.
May we accept the power that can break the pride of our lives and mold us into a loving caring church:
Ephesians 4:1I, … entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4:13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
Sin with its Repercussions - Repentance and Prayer
Numbers 12:9So the anger of the LORD burned against them and He departed. 10 But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. As Aaron turned toward Miriam, behold, she was leprous. 11 Then Aaron said to Moses, "Oh, my lord, I beg you, do not account this sin to us, in which we have acted foolishly and in which we have sinned.
12"Oh, do not let her be like one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes from his mother's womb!" 13 And Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, "O God, heal her, I pray!"
Numbers 12:14But the LORD said to Moses, "If her father had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let her be shut up for seven days outside the camp, and afterward she may be received again."
The "Saying" and "Humility" section are fitting with this event in the lives of Moses, Aaron and Miriam. We must remember there is government in YHVH’s kingdom. There is order and authority. There is mercy and justice. YHVH is a consuming fire toward those who rebel, mock, or treat lightly the Holy One of Israel and His Word.
Aaron and Miriam should have known better; they sinned and cried out for forgiveness. Moses prayed – YHVH did forgive and restore but humbled Miriam for her criticism.
Father we ask You to forgive us for our inappropriate thoughts, actions, and words. Cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
Self-Discipline / Control
Heb 12:11Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it.
Self-discipline is the basis for righteousness. If we cannot control ourselves, make correct choices, self-govern our actions, how can we act in a holy manner? Self-discipline is the key. Choosing to put God first, reading and memorizing scripture, doing our jobs, using our time wisely, getting up and exercising – choices, self-discipline is key. We need to cultivate self-discipline in our life and it will increase the quality of our life. Self-discipline in eating and exercise will increase our health and fitness. It applies to all parts of our life. After obedience – is self-discipline. It is the self-discipline that enables obedience. Self-control is one of the fruits of God’s spirit. Practice it.
Gal 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Prov 12:1The one who loves discipline loves knowledge, but the one who hates reproof is stupid.
Material in this section will be based on various prayer diaries.
HOW SMART IS YOUR RIGHT FOOT?
You have to try this please, it takes 2 seconds.
I could not believe it! It is from an orthopedic surgeon............
This will confuse your mind and you will keep trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but, you can't. It is pre-programmed in your brain!
1. While sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift Your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.
2. Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air With your right hand. Your foot will change direction.
I told you so! And there's nothing you can do about it!
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Where to Live After Retirement:
You can live in Phoenix, Arizona where.....
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2.. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
3. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
4. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
5... The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!
You can Live in California where...
1. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
2. You know how to eat an artichoke.
3. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
4. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
5. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.
You can Live in New York City where...
1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan…
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
3. You think Central Park is "nature."
4. You've worn out a car horn... That is, if you even have a car.
5. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.
You can Live in Maine where...
1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco ...
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.
You can Live in the Deep South where...
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "Y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
3. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
4. Everything is either "in yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder." It's important to know the difference, too.
You can live in Colorado where...
1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he stops at the day care center.
3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.
You can live in the Midwest where...
1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"
AND You can live in Florida where…
1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist…
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.
The humor section is often given to get us to stop and think. Is this what life is really all about? What really is important?
Have a good day!
Men give themselves titles and positions, things that are worthless in the eyes of God.
(Michael Boldea Jr.)
As perfume is to the flower, so is kindness to speech.
Life is a continuous process of getting used to things we haven’t expected.
Friends are mathematical… they divide sorrow and multiply happiness.
All who find joy must share it; happiness was born a twin.
Others will follow your footsteps more readily than they will follow your advice.
It is better to bite your tongue than to let it bite someone else.
I want to be a tree
I recently read Jeremiah 17:7-8 and wished to be a tree. Well at least act like this particular tree. Its roots were firmly established by the stream and no matter how hot or how long it had been since it had rained, its leaves always stayed green. It did not get stressed out, wilt, drop leaves or refuse to bear fruit. Its strength and life were drawn from the stream that it was by. Now the application of course is that Yahweh is the stream and I need to draw strength from Him to serenely face the challenges of this life. However, unlike that tree I can move, and unfortunately I usually move away from His life giving water. I desire to be a tree, unable to get up and walk away. It would make it so much easier don’t you think? However the test is will I stay in his will, firmly entrenched in His life giving water or will I chose to walk away and then be affected by drought, which will kill my fruit, my witness. I want to be a tree set by streams of living water.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (New International Version)
7 "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
Ps 102:12But Thou, O LORD, dost abide forever; And Thy name to all generations.
Ps 102:18This will be written for the generation to come; That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
Ps 102:27"But Thou art the same, And Thy years will not come to an end.
Ps 102:28"The children of Thy servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before Thee."
We have the surety that YHVH abides from eternity to eternity. He is the same and His promises are as sure as He is – that we might be established before Him and serve YHVH.
Blessed be YHVH(Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
1. None - Luke 9:1-3
2 Nehemiah - Nehemiah 1:11
3. Damascus - Acts 9:2
4. The Pharisees - Luke 8:9-10
5. On top and both sides of the door frames - Exodus 12:22
6. Solomon - 1King 4:32
7. A woman with chronic bleeding - Mark 5:25-29
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