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The Name "I AM"


Torah Portion: Parashat Shemot (“names”)

Shabbat: Jan. 14, 2023 / Tevet 21, 5783

Torah: Exod. 1:1-6:1

Prophets: Isa. 27:6-28:13 ; 29:22-23

New Covenant: Acts 7:17-35 ; 1Cor. 14:18-25


Paul’s prayer in Colossians

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins”. Colossians 1:9-14


In our Torah portion this week, Moses asked for God's Name, and God then said eheyeh asher eheyeh (אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה), "I AM that I AM" (or "I will be what I will be"), abbreviated simply as eheyeh (אֶהְיֶה), "I AM" (Exod. 3:14). Note that God identifies himself with being itself, since eheyeh is the Qal imperfect form of the verb hayah (הָיָה), meaning "to be." Indeed, the Name YHVH (יהוה) essentially means "Presence," since God is called ha-hoveh, ve'hayah, ve'yavo (הַהוֶה וְהָיָה וְיָבוֹא) - "the One who is, and was, and is to come" (Rev. 4:8). This "threefold Name" of the LORD of Hosts encompasses all possible states of being, indicating that God is LORD over all possible worlds...

"God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM."

And he said, "Say this to the sons of Israel,

'I AM has sent me to you.'" (Exod. 3:14)

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