Summary: Part one in a series examining the different OT names of God which reveals reasons to trust in Him. "I am that I am."
Who is God?
The God who is Constant.
(“I am who I am”)
“Trust in God because of His consistency toward us.”
I. He is the God who always is. (Ex. 3:14)
A. Why did God use this phrase?
1. “Yahweh” was His name and was well known.
a. It was His personal name for His people.
b. First used in Gen. 4:1 (Eve)
c. Why did He use, “I am”?
2. “I am” = Heb. “Hayah” = a verb of being.
a. “I am,” is a simple statement, yet very
- Illus.: Me at the gym. “Who is the
strongest?” There is a lot of comparing in a
- Illus.: “Who is the best Christian in this
- Right now, everyone is looking at Gordie’s
b. “The God who is has sent me.”
c. Many gods in Egypt society. Ie. Pharaoh.
- The god of the sun, god of the Nile, god of
the fish, god of the rain, etc.
- "Yahweh" simply is, "The God who is."
B. What does “I am” indicate about God?
1. He is self-sufficient. Argument for God’s
a. The Unmoved Mover/ the First Cause.
b. It all begins with God.
2. He is eternal and unchangeable.
a. “At every point in time and space, I AM.”
b. There has never been a time when God “was,”
or “will be.” He always “is”.
3. He makes a difference.
a. "Hayah" (Hebrew word for "I am")is used to
emphasize the presence of a person and
that “presence is noticeable [and] makes a
real difference to not is happening.”
--Vines dictionary of Biblical words
b. This is key to this phrase about God.
- Deism: God is watching from a distance.
- God is right here, right now. How?
c. God presence is shown through Jesus Christ. (John. 8:58)
d. Jesus is God: Trinity/ Salvation. Jesus
bridges the gap.
e. “Looks good in black and white but, where is
God when I need Him?”
f. What is the most contributing factor to
atheism? = The problem of pain.
II. God is present in times of pain. (Ex. 2:23-25)
A. “What is the problem of pain?”
1. God is good and all-powerful, yet He allows
pain and death to exist.
2. This is an age-old problem. Everyone has
faced this question at one time or will face
B. Israel’s condition. Why were they slaves in
1. Slavery in Babylon was a result of sin.
a. Was this the case here?
b. Trace back.
a. Sold as a slave.
b. Thrown into prison.
c. Appointed second in command of all Egypt.
d. Family followed because of a famine.
3. Was it a result of the sins of the brothers?
a. “What you meant for evil, God meant for
b. It was good that they went to Egypt. God
wanted them there.
c. They would have starved had they not gone.
4. But why? We can speculate, but there is no
C. It is not ours to ask why, but to ask what and to
1. Ask: “What are you trying to show me through
2. Trust Him to see us through. (Ex. 3:7-8)
a. Illus.: My son and I wacthing the Russian
heavyweight olymipic wrestler.
-"Dad, you’re stronger than him, right?"
b. We are to have the same trust in God.
-“This pain is great, but God is greater and
He is going to see me through it.”
III. God is present in spite of our failures. In respect to Moses. (Ex. 3:9-11)
A. Why would Moses have such doubt in his ability?