While tending to his sheep, Moses comes across a peculiar sight—a bush that is engulfed in flames but remains unconsumed by the fire. It is through this extraordinary phenomenon that God chooses to communicate with Moses, instructing him to lead His people out of Pharaoh’s land. God reveals His name as “I am who I am,” signifying His eternal and self-existent nature. Furthermore, God assures Moses of His intention to guide the Israelites to the land of Canaan.
God acknowledges that Pharaoh will not readily release His people and foretells the striking of the Egyptians with astonishing wonders. These miraculous signs will serve as demonstrations of God’s power and authority, compelling Pharaoh to eventually let the Israelites go.
14: God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”1 And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
In this passage, God reveals Himself by giving Moses a name, “I am.” It is fascinating to observe that God provides Moses with a direct response, as not all encounters with God in the Bible yield straightforward answers. The name “I am who I am” holds deep significance as an expression of God’s being. It declares His existence and authority, demanding our faith. God does not require embellishment or self-inflation; He simply is who He is.