Summary: God tells Moses His Name! Yahweh the gread "I Am" Jesus in the new testament uses this same terminology "Iam Light, Iam Gate, I am Way, Iam...
Paul Dickson has written a book entitled, What’s In A Name?
In that book he shares some of the most unusual names he’s come across.
How would you like to have any of these for your name?
Cletus Clodfelter, Rotten Earp, Jinglebells Kaplan, and Boomfa Umfumpa.
Can you imagine? "Hey Boomfa!"
Joe Bunt became a baseball coach.
Dan Druff became a barber.
Two men with the last names of Goforth and Ketchum actually became partners in a police force. Would you feel secure hiring a plaster contractor by the name of Will Crumble?
What’s in a name?
Well, God says there is a great deal of importance to a name when it’s His name.
The most distinctive name by which God was known in Israel is Yahweh.
God’s name was so sacred that the jews would not even say the name “Yahweh”.
So they took letters from the word Yahweh and spelled it Y-H-W-H
To pronounce the letters Y H W H comes the word Je HO Vah.
These words still mean “I AM”
(Jehovah), which comes from the same root as “I AM”
Exodus 3:14 “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.’ "
“I Am’s” significant meaning here in Exodus is that Moses credentials for being the one to lead Egypt out of bondage are found in him using the name “I AM.”
God is the One giving permission to Moses to use His name to deliver the Israelites.
This will be done by God’s mighty power which will work through Moses.
In the book of John that we have been studying, Jesus uses the same words “6 times” the word for
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This morning we are going to look at the six different references and each one of these are so important that you might print these passages out and put them around your house to memorize.
The first passage is John 6:35 “Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
Jesus is feeding the 5,000 people when he made this statement.
But Jesus is referring to much more than just mere food.
Jesus is said you will never go hungry or never go thirsty.
1. I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE.
I believe that Jesus is referring to more than just physical hunger.
However He does provide our every need.
I believe He is speaking of the spiritual hunger
God has put within each of us an emptiness.
Many try to fill this emptiness with human love, drugs, alcohol, work or material possessions.
The only thing that will fill this hunger and emptiness is a relationship with God.
John Piper summed up our problem well with his statement,
‘The weakness of our hunger for God is weakened and many times not realized because we “keep ourselves stuffed with other things”’
If you want to have a life filled with purpose, then make God the Lord of your life.
Make God the center of your marriage, the center of why you work and the center of your love for others.
Jesus says “I am the bread of life.
John 8:12” When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
2. I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
A burglar broke into a house one day.
As he was stealing the valuables he heard a voice out of the darkness that said, "Jesus is watching you". He almost choked.
He stopped and looked around and then he shook off his fear and went on stealing some more.
Suddenly just as before the voice came and said Jesus is watching you.
He was trembling so bad he could hardly contain any composure.
He finally approached the corner and there was a bird cage with the cover over it.
The words came from the CAge, Jesus is watching you.
The thief pulled off the cover and saw the parrot.
He said with an angry voice, what is your name?
The parrot replied, MOses.
The thief replied, what kind of weird person would name a parrot Moses?
The parrot replied the same kind of weird person that would name a Rocwieller "Jesus".
Jesus is the light of the world.
Sometimes Jesus can use us to be bring light to other people’s lives.
On the morning of September 11, Jeannie Braca switched on the television to check the weather report, only to hear that a plane had just hit the World Trade Center.