自有永有神，原文意思是“I am who I am ”意思为“我是”，上帝是人所需要的一切丰富。以色列人出埃及进迦南有很多困难，但上帝却有更多的恩典；法老虽有百万军队，但万军之耶和华胜过那百万军队；过红海虽没有船，但神却使红海裂开，使百姓顺利过去；在旷野虽没有食物，但神就是食物，降下吗哪；没有水喝，神就是活水磐石流出泉水解百姓的干渴……人所需要的一切，神都供给。
I AM WHO I AM
By Pastor Chen Lifu
Bible Verse Reading: Exodus 3: 13-15
The scriptures here record what Moses asked God, "If Israelites ask me 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." and showed signs to him. God changed Moses' staff into a snake, and made his hand leprous. Then God restored them and God was with his mouth. Up till then, Moses really knew the truly God and the only God and he was confident that he would accomplish what the Lord entrusted him. As Christians we should know the meanings of "I AM WHO I AM".
1. God, the Creator.
"I AM WHO I AM" suggests that God existed before all things were created. HE is the Creator, creating the world out of nothing.
1.1 The existing of all things in the universe shows that there is one God who is the Creator. "For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God." (Hebrews 3: 4) Newton discovered the third law, i.e. acting force is equal to reacting force. The motion of objects is indispensable to reacting force. The earth revolves round the sun and the moon round the earth, which needs an original force. This force is God. Human cannot deny the original force, and hence we cannot deny the existence of God. As Paul said, "Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse." (Romans 1:20)
1.2 All things in universe are well-ordered and regular, which reveals that there exists a wise God. "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, / the moon and the stars that your have established…" (Psalms 8: 3) All things are regular. "Explosion theory" believers think that all things come forward in explosion; either the sun or the moon came forward in explosion. But as we know, things coming forward in explosion are irregular. On the contrary, the motion of all things is so regular, which cannot have been the result of explosion. Many great scientists admit that there is one God when they are studying the universe. The countless stars in the sky are well-ordered, the sun rises and sets regularly each day… None of these is accidental. There should be an almighty Creator that we cannot deny.
2. God, our permanent Lord
All things have their beginning and ending, existence and disappearance. But God exists forever and ever. Hebrews 13: 8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Many times God showed us in the Bible that he was permanent and unchangeable. God gave meanings and values to humans when He made them. Human has the form and attribute of God and has HIS permanence. Due to the sin of our first ancestor, death started even since. But God love the world and gave His only son to die and redeem so that all that believe in Him will have eternal life. Jesus was sacrificed for our sins and carried the sin of many and will reveal a second time to those who were waiting. As Romans 5: 21 says, "So that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank God and we should pursue the limitless, permanent God with our limited life.
3. God, the Lord of all things
God is rich in everything we need. Whatever difficulties the Israelites met when they left Egypt and entered Canaan, God gave more grace; God defeated the millions of soldiers of Pharaoh; God split the Red Sea to let His people pass it; God was the food in wilderness, He fell manna; when there was no water to drink, God was the living water gushing out from the rock… God gives us everything we need.
Thanks be to God. The God we believe is the Creator of all things and He will always be there and never change. Let's depend on Him with more confidence and love Him more.