Thursday, October 3, 2013

2013 October 3 - Morning Manna

"I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins" (John 8:24)
Today's Morsel: Jesus often referred to Himself as the "I Am." This saying appears many times throughout scriptures. Some have questioned what Jesus meant when He said I Am He. Was He referring to the one they were looking for too come? Or was He saying I Am God? Jesus told the people to search the scripture because it was all about Him (John 5:39). When God called Moses at the burning bush, to send him to deliver the children from Egypt, scripture says,"And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you" (Exodus 3:13-14). In his commentary, Matthew Henry states of this passage, "Formerly Moses thought himself able to deliver Israel, and set himself to the work too hastily. Now, when the fittest person on earth for it, he knows his own weakness. This was the effect of more knowledge of God and of himself. Formerly, self-confidence mingled with strong faith and great zeal, now sinful distrust of God crept in under the garb of humility; so defective are the strongest graces and the best duties of the most eminent saints. But all objections are answered in, Certainly I will be with thee. That is enough. Two names God would now be known by. A name that denotes what he is in himself, I am that I am. This explains his name Jehovah, and signifies,
1. That he is self-existent: he has his being of himself.
2. That he is eternal and unchangeable, and always the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
3. That he is incomprehensible; we cannot by searching find him out: this name checks all bold and curious inquiries concerning God.
4. That he is faithful and true to all his promises, unchangeable in his word as well as in his nature; let Israel know this, I am hath sent me unto you. I am, and there is none else besides me.
All else have their being from God, and are wholly dependent upon him. Also, here is a name that denotes what God is to his people. The Lord God of your fathers sent me unto you. Moses must revive among them the religion of their fathers, which was almost lost; and then they might expect the speed performance promises made to their fathers."
"Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chose: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.  I, even I, am the LORD: and beside me there is no saviour.  I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God"  (Isaiah 43:10-12).  Do you know the Great I AM?
Sing: I Am, I Am you said to me, I'm the Alpha, the Omega, the in-between; I Am, I Am you said to me, I'll be what it takes to meet your need.

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