Weekly Bible Teaching

God Is Who He Says He Is
By John Cortright on 11/24/2019


Movies, books, commentaries, and traditions should not be our primary source for understanding God. The Bible gives us the knowledge of God. God is who He says He is.

Exodus 3:13-16

I AM THAT I AM is the explanation of His holy name, not the name itself. In the Bible when names are given, it is common in the same context to provide an explanation of the significance of the name. The Hebrew word used for “I AM” is Ehyeh, derived from the Hebrew root meaning “to be.” By saying “I AM THAT I AM,” God is declaring that He is the one who is, the one who really exists. He is different from the other gods who exist only in the imagination of man. God’s name “YHWH” derives from the exact same Hebrew root as “I am.” Strictly speaking, this name is a combination of three forms of this Hebrew Root: Hayah, Hoveh, and Yihyeh. These three words mean respectively: “He was,” “He is,” and “He will be.” When we call God by His name, we are essentially saying that He is the existing one -- He has always existed, He exists now, and He will always continue to exist.”

Exodus 6:2-7

They would know that God is Yahweh!

Many people have written about God. There are a lot of books. But God has given us His word -- the Bible -- to tell us who He is. He is who He says He is. Just because someone states, imagines, dreams, sings song lyrics, writes about Him, or makes a declaration about God’s nature and His attributes, it doesn’t mean it’s true. God is what He declares about Himself in Scripture.

Exodus 33:12-16

“Let me know Your ways.”

Exodus 33:17-18

“Show me Your glory”

Exodus 33:19-23; Exodus 34:1-8

Ex 34:6-7

Then Yahweh passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "Yahweh, Yahweh God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations."

2 Chronicles 15:2, 4, 15

“If you seek Him, He will let you find Him”

Proverbs 2:1-5

Seek His words as silver and search His commandments as hidden treasure. Then you will discern the fear of Yahweh and find the knowledge of God.

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