Sometimes, I breeze past a statement in the Bible and never really see it. Then at other times, a verse pops off the page and burrows deep into my heart. I watched the Ten Commandments movie again, and the scene with Moses at the burning bush caught my attention. When Moses asks for the name of the Lord, He responds, “I Am Who I Am,” (Exodus 3:14). For some reason, those words caused me to pause. What does God mean by these words? I went digging into my Bible to learn more.
“I AM” in the Bible
God wants us to have a deeper understanding of His nature. The “I Am” statement appears 719 times in the Bible. Each time the words surface, we get to peek into the incredible qualities of God. From the “I am the alpha and the omega” (Revelation 1:8) to the “I am coming again” (Revelation 3:11), God shows us He is everything we will ever need in our lives.
Here are some of my favorites “I am” verses:
- I am the one who lives – Revelation 1:18
- I am the one who heals – Exodus 15:26
- I am merciful – Exodus 22:27
- I am with you – Isaiah 41:10
- I am the one who comforts – Isaiah 51:12
- I am the bread of life – John 6:48
- I am the light of the world – John 8:12
- I am the good shepherd – John 10:11
- I am Holy – Leviticus 11:45
- I am God Almighty – Genesis 17:1
Why Are They Important?
These words tell us God is holy and deserving of our worship. But, He also cares about us. He heals, comforts, and provides for our daily needs. The creator of the universe loves the created enough to show us His nature. He wants these names to encourage us daily.
Although not direct “I am” statements, God also tells us He is the living water (John 4:14) and the breath of life (Genesis 2:7). Add in the bread of life and light of the world verses from above, and we learn God provides us with everything we need; Water, air, food, and light. In other words, we need Jesus to live.
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The “I am” verses also assure me when I think I am not enough in this world. When I am not able to do something, God can (Matthew 19:26). When I am weak, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). When I am lost for words to say, God provides the Holy Spirit (Luke 12:12). And finally, when I am unworthy, He shows me my value by dying for my sins (Romans 5:8).
When we find something that is repeated in the Bible, God wants us to see the importance of those words. All the “I am” verses provides a powerful example of this use of themes. God wants to be everything to us by showing us He is the one true God, and He is able.
Yvonne – blogger, speaker, and author
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