God’s name reflects who He is. So, what is His name? The prophet Moses asked this very question. He was leading his flock near Horeb, the mountain of God, when he noticed a bush on fire that did not seem to burn up. As he approached the strange sight God called him from within the bush (Exodus 3:5-6):
“‘Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’ Then he said, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’”
Notice that God introduces Himself as Abraham’s, Isaac’s and Jacob’s God – not by name, which is something Moses brings up as he is about to accept the mission the Lord had in mind for him (Exodus 3:13-14):
“Moses said to God, ‘Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you*, and they ask me, What is his name*? Then what shall I tell them?’
God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am and I will be what I will be. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I am has sent me to you*.’”
(*Author’s Note: Emphasis mine)
When God revealed His name to Moses, His Son was yet to be revealed. Jesus was hidden in “I Will Be What I Will Be.” When the time came that His Son became flesh and lived among us, we saw God in human form. His Hebrew name Yeshua means Yahweh saves. God loves us so much that He saves us by giving us His Son.
God’s name “I Am” is an open invitation to get to know Him. Knowing Him by name means we believe in Him. We believe that He indeed is who He is, has been and will be. As believers we are adopted into His family and “I Am” becomes the family name of God’s children.
God is who He is, and the children of God are who they are: a sign of God’s love and part of His mystery – visibly rooted on earth and invisibly connected forever to the kingdom of heaven.