Moses says: May I say who sent me? He asks for God's name. The Israelites will want to know who has sent me, and God replies with a sentence, "Ehyeh asher ehyeh.
This is the Bible's explanation for the name Yahweh, and as the personal name of God, some have argued that the name Yahweh expresses the quality of being, an active, dynamic being. This God is one who brings things into being, whether it's a cosmos from chaos, or now a new nation from a band of runaway slaves.
Who Is God?
But it could well be that this is simply God's way of not answering Moses' question. We've seen how the Bible feels about revealing names, and the divine being who struggled and wrestled with Jacob sure didn't want to give him his name. So I've often wondered if we're to read this differently: Who am I? I am who I am, and never you mind. Look at how He responded:. I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.
What Is the Meaning of the Verse "Be Still and Know That I Am God"?
I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death. Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death. Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?
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My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know him, I know him.
If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.
Be Still and Know that I am God
Did you catch that? Jesus made two remarkable statements. First, he claimed to be eternal and to have existed before Abraham! The Pharisees knew exactly what Jesus meant by this. How do we know this was their interpretations of His words? We know it from their reaction.