The great I AM born in a manger

burning-bushIn the book of Exodus chapter 3 we read about when God called Moses to lead the children of Israel out from under the oppression of the Pharaoh of Egypt.  The following is the English translation of the Hebrew text Exodus 3:13,14 (King James Version Easy-Reading (KJVER) Bible used. Bold are my emphases.)

13  And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the children of Israel, and shall say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? what shall I say to them?
14  And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.

Moses wanted to know whom he should say had sent him. God replied I AM THAT I AM. God’s name translated from Hebrew to English is simply I AM, meaning He has always existed; He is uncreated. In the Strong’s dictionary the Hebrew word הָיָה  (meaning ‘to exist’) is numbered  <01961> and transliterated as hayah (pronounced haw-yaw).
This means Exodus 3:14 reads,

And God <0430> said to Moses, I AM <01961> THAT I AM <01961>: and He said, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.

The Hebrew word אֱלוֹהִים translated as God, is Strong’s word <0430> and transliterated as elohiym (pronounced el-o-heem).  This Hebrew word is  specifically used (in the plural form, thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God, the Almighty.

About 2000 years ago, God, the Lord and Creator, came to dwell in human flesh. He was born of a virgin. Scripture tells us “the Word was made flesh“. He was begotten of God. (John 1:1, 14; John 3:16, 18)

The same Creator of the Universe, the same God who spoke with Moses, took on mortal flesh and His Name is recorded in the New Testament in the following scriptures  translated from the Greek NT texts (Literal Translation Bible (KJ3) used here.)

John 4:26 Jesus said to her, I AM! the One speaking to you.
John 6:20 But He said to them, I AM! Do not fear.
John 8:24 Therefore, I said to you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.
John 8:28 Therefore Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM; and from Myself I do nothing; but as My Father taught Me, these things I speak.
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Before Abraham came to be,  I AM!
John 13:13 You call Me the Teacher, and, the Lord.  And you say well, for I AM.
John 13:19 From now I tell you before it happens,  that when it happens you may believe that I AM.
John 18:5-8 They answered Him, Jesus the Nazarene. Jesus said to them, I AM! And Judas, the one giving Him over, also stood with them. 6 Therefore as He said to them, I AM, they went away into the rear and fell to the earth. 7 Therefore again He asked, Whom do you seek? And they said, Jesus the Nazarene. 8 Jesus answered, I told you that I AM; therefore if you seek Me, allow these to go,
Matt 14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Have courage, I AM! Do not fear. Mark 6:50 For all saw Him, and were troubled.  And immediately He spoke to them and
said to them, Have courage. I AM! Do not fear.
Mark 13:6 For many will come in My name, saying, I AM! And they will lead many astray.
Mark 14:62 And Jesus said, I AM! And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of the heaven.
Luke 22:70 And they all said, Are You, then, the Son of God? And He said to them, You say it, because I AM!

He was there before Abraham. He is I AM,  the self-existent One. His name is Jesus, born, then laid in a manger, fully human yet fully God, the Son of God, the Savior of the world.

Christmas

The adoration of the shepherds, as depicted by Dutch Golden Age painter Gerard van Honthorst in 1622. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

 

About John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.
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