Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
For so many people, God is simply a name or title that carries empty meanings. Some refer to Him as “the man upstairs,” or think along the lines of, “I know that there is something out there because of the order and perfection of life,” but whatever power He has or whoever He is, is just not understood. The reason that so many people think this way is because they have never been introduced to God’s heart and His healing Word.
Someone once said, in essence, “I can see how man can look at the works of man and say there is no God, but I cannot see how man can look into the starry heavens or view life all around us and still say there is no God.” There are seven major aspects of who God is which help us to understand His relationship to man. The more we understand God via His Word, the greater our spiritual lives inevitably will become. God indeed has purpose to everything He does and the blessed duty of man is to walk into the spiritual understanding of the ways of God. The more abundant life God indeed reveals to us as we come to know and understand Him through His revealed Word.
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.
The most basic understanding of these words I AM THAT I AM, means that God cannot deny Himself, for He is Who He is. The Apostle Paul said “by the grace of God I am what I am:” (I Corinthians 15:9), because Paul could not deny who he was, and that he was who he was by the grace of God; it is the same with us and with God (Hebrews 11:6). In Exodus chapter 3, God was preparing Moses to deliver the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery, but this was not all that God told Moses to say to the children of Israel.
And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you. . .
So Moses had more to go on than simply to say, “I AM sent me unto you,” but also to inform them that the same God their ancestors believed in and hoped on has “sent me unto you.”
-2: And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:
-3: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob never knew God by the name of Jehovah, only by God Almighty. The significance of this is in understanding what is in God’s name because the more we understand the distinctions within the names of God (and there are many), the more we can understand God Himself. Throughout the ages God has been revealing ever more of Himself to His children, and some of this “understanding God” we will be looking at in this study.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves. . .
In this verse, we learn that the LORD is God. The Hebrew word for LORD is Jehovah and means God’s personal relationship to what He has created. The Hebrew word for God is Elohim and means God’s relationship to His creation. Jehovah (Lord) always implies God’s horizontal relationship between men and Himself, while Elohim (God) always implies God’s vertical relationship between man and God, Who is the Almighty Creator.
In Psalms 100:3, we see that God the Creator wants to have a personal relationship with those whom He has created, and made. “For he that cometh to God must believe that he is …” (Hebrews 11:6). God’s Word says He made us; we never sprang up from vapor or crawled out of the ocean after a big bang or by any other “weird” means. When Christians come to the place in their own believing that it truly was God Who made us, then God’s wonderful relationship with us begins to manifests itself in our hearts. Then we can say with believing conviction “by the grace of God I am what I am.”