Exodus 3:14 Index
"And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."
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" . . . I AM THAT I AM . . . "

  • God therefore revealed to Moses, or rather explained to him, the name by which He had made Himself known to Abraham at the making of the covenant (Genesis 15:7). In Hebrew as in English, this name is a form of the verb "to be," and implies that its possessor is the eternal, self-existing One (John 8:58; DA 469). Its all embracing universality precluded any comparison of the God of the Israelites to the deities of Egypt and other nations. It was designed to provide Moses and his people with strong consolation in their affliction and powerful support for their confidence in the realization of His propose to deliver them. (1BC 511)
  • Satan represents God's law of love as a law of selfishness. He declares that it is impossible for us to obey its precepts. The fall of our first parents, with all the woe that has resulted, he charges upon the Creator, leading men to look upon God as the author of sin, and suffering, and death. Jesus was to unveil this deception. As one of us He was to give an example of obedience. For this He took upon Himself our nature, and passed through our experiences. “In all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren” (Hebrews 2:17). If we had to bear anything which Jesus did not endure, then upon this point Satan would represent the power of God as insufficient for us. Therefore Jesus was “in all points tempted like as we are” (Hebrews 4:15). He endured every trial to which we are subject. And He exercised in His own behalf no power that is not freely offered to us. As man, He met temptation, and overcame in the strength given Him from God. He says, “I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart” (Psalm 40:8). As He went about doing good, and healing all who were afflicted by Satan, He made plain to men the character of God's law and the nature of His service. His life testifies that it is possible for us also to obey the law of God.
    • By His humanity, Christ touched humanity; by His divinity, He lays hold upon the throne of God. As the Son of man, He gave us an example of obedience; as the Son of God, He gives us power to obey. It was Christ who from the bush on Mount Horeb spoke to Moses saying, “I AM THAT I AM.... Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:14). This was the pledge of Israel's deliverance. So when He came “in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7), He declared Himself the I AM. The Child of Bethlehem, the meek and lowly Saviour, is God “manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16). And to us He says: “I AM the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11). “I AM the living Bread” (John 6:51). “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). I AM the assurance of every promise. I AM; be not afraid. “God with us” (Matthew 1:23) is the surety of our deliverance from sin, the assurance of our power to obey the law of heaven. (DA 24-25)
  • When we come to the Bible, reason must acknowledge an authority superior to itself, and heart and intellect must bow to the great I AM. . . . We shall advance in true spiritual knowledge only as we realize our own littleness and our entire dependence upon God; but all who come to the Bible with a teachable and prayerful spirit, to study its utterances as the word of God, will receive divine enlightenment. There are many things apparently difficult or obscure which God will make plain and simple to those who thus seek an understanding of them. (5T 704)
  • The truths of the third angel's message have been presented by some as a dry theory; but in this message is to be presented Christ the Living One. He is to be revealed as the first and the last, as the I AM, the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright and morning Star. Through this message the character of God in Christ is to be manifested to the world. The call is to be sounded: “O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! (Isaiah 40:9). "Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him: behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him" (Isaiah 40:10). "He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom” (Isaiah 40:11).
    • Now, with John the Baptist, we are to point men to Jesus, saying: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29). Now as never before is to be sounded the invitation: “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink” (John 7:37). “The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely”  (Revelation 22:17).
    • There is a great work to be done, and every effort possible must be made to reveal Christ as the sin-pardoning Saviour, Christ as the Sin Bearer, Christ as the bright and morning Star; and the Lord will give us favor before the world until our work is done. (6T 20-21)
  •  No one should for a moment fancy that he is able to manage those things that belong to the great I AM. God in His providence is preparing a way so that the work may be done by human agents. (9T 260)
  • Moses thought of the difficulties to be encountered, of the blindness, ignorance, and unbelief of his people, many of whom were almost destitute of a knowledge of God. “Behold,” he said, “when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? what shall I say unto them?” (Exodus 3:13). The answer was—
    • I AM THAT I AM.” “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” (Exdous 3:14). (PP 253)

" . . . I am hath sent me . . . "

  • "I am" is an abbreviated form of "I am that I am," and is intended to express the same idea. (1BC 511)
  • Men are individually accountable to God, and each must act as God moves upon him, not as he is moved by the mind of another; for if this manner of labor is pursued, souls cannot be impressed and directed by the Spirit of the great I AM. (5T 725)