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The B-I-B-L-E, Yes That’s the Book for Me.

Weekly Devotionals

The B-I-B-L-E, Yes That’s the Book for Me.

Exodus 3:13-14

13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

Here is the interaction between Moses and God as God is calling Moses to the ministry of leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses is freaking out, making excuses, and asking questions while God is being patient and empowering Moses with his truth. One area that stuck out to me was the “I AM WHO I AM” section from verses 13 and 14. Moses is wondering what he should tell the Israelites when they ask who is this God? Then, God answers with “I AM WHO I AM.” When I first read the passage, my initial reaction was like
“okay but that doesn’t really answer the question?” because it sounded too abstract and vague. But, as I began to read through the Bible and the commentaries, I realized that the implication of this was huge! What God is telling Moses here is that God was, is, and will always be whom he wills to be. No one will be able to challenge nor change or define who he is as he is the only one who can define who he is. He is absolutely and perfectly independent and he is all powerful and mighty over everything. Therefore, the only way for people to know the characteristics of God is only through his revelation and works.

What does this mean for us today? This then shows us how we don’t define nor compromise the revelation of who God is in the Bible. Many people, when they read the Bible, have tried to change who God is in however way they want him to be. For example, the prosperity gospel tries to change the characteristics of God to be God who will 100% bless you physically if you just pray more and do more “Christian” things. Or in another example, some may also try to change/compromise what the Bible is actually saying because we don’t like the way that it sounds or offends the society.

However, because the Bible is the revelation of who God is and because God is the “I AM,” it is crucial for the believers to hold fast to the Bible and have no authority nor power over the Bible. Also, it is important for the readers of the Bible to test what kind of presuppositions and biases we are bringing to the text. We must always allow the scripture to correct us and define who we are not vice versa. This doesn’t mean that our interpretation or the application will all be the one shape or form. Instead, I believe that the intended meanings in the scriptures do not/must not change but the applications of the message may all vary depending on our contexts. In order to do so, we need faithful studying, reading, loving of God’s word as God’s word shows us who God is.

Also, as God is infinitely great and big, there is always more to learn about God through his words, and we believe that God continues to meet us as his people get to know more of who he is through the reading of his word. So I pray that our love and appreciation for God’s word will grow as we grow in our faith and walk with the Lord!

Have fun reading the Bible this week!