13 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?’
14 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.”’
15 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 for ever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation.
Moses encounters God directly for the first time in a burning bush which isn’t devoured by the flames, an amazing spectacle. God asks Moses to speak to the people on his behalf, and inevitably Moses says, but who shall I say you are, what’s your name – you can imagine the response if he said a flaming shrub sent him can’t you! God responds, giving him a name to use ‘ I am who I am’. A name that speaks to God’s presence and being – he alone is known by reference to himself, what else could you compare him to? He is the separate almighty God who created all things. And yet at the same time he is a personal God, he is the God of their fathers, of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. He is other and yet close.
Thank you Father, the great I Am, for revealing yourself to us and those who have gone before us in our family of faith. Thank you that we can know of you and know you.
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