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Brings Great Blessing

Moses with 10 CommandmentsIn Exodus 3.14, God the Heavenly Father tells Moses, "'I am who I am.' This is what you are to say to the Israelites, 'I am has sent me to you.'" The phrase "I am" may also indicate a future or past tense. It may mean, "'I was what I was,' or 'I will be what I will be.'" The verb "to be" expresses the eternal nature of God the Father and his continuous presence in the past, present and future. The New International Version Commentary suggests, "When God speaks of himself he says 'I am,' and when we speak of him we say, 'He is.'"

Father's Great Blessing

Jesus' FaceDuring Jesus' ministry, the crowds were very curious about who Jesus was and so pressed him with the question, "Who are you?" Jesus responded somewhat strangely in John 8.58, "Before Abraham was born, I am." He purposely uses the holy "I AM" name used by God himself to Moses all those years before. As a result we are told in John 8.59, "at this they picked up stones to stone him." The crowd knew clearly what Jesus was implying in using the Heavenly Father's name, that he was indeed God himself.

The Father in Jesus

Hand holding a StoneThe reason for the crowd's hostile reaction was recorded in John 10.33, "We are not stoning you for any of these good works, but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God." Later, Jesus linked his own name with his Heavenly Father's name saying in John 10.31-38, "The Father is in me, and I in the Father." These claims of deity once more prompted a hostile reaction so that in the next verse, John 10.39 we read, "again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp."

"Heavenly Father's Name"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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