In the early chapters of the book of Exodus, you find the story of a man named Moses. From escaping death at birth to becoming a murderer and then on the verge of being killed again. He killed an Egyptian at the mercy of his fellow Israelite. He was afraid everyone had come to learn of his actions (they did) and chose to flee the wrath of King Pharaoh.
He built himself a new life, got married and one day God appeared and spoke to Moses via a burning bush. God gave him some specific instructions to follow in order to deliver the people of Israel from the hands of King Pharaoh. Moses, then asked, who should I say sent me?
“God replied to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’ (Exodus 3:14-15). Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you”. God also said to Moses, “say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations”.
Yahweh is a transliteration of the proper name of God (YHWH). This is the commonly referred name of God in the old testament. This is sometimes rendered as ‘Jehovah’ and as ‘Lord’. This name was given as the credential and authority enough for Moses’s mission.
I AM WHO I AM can be translated as ‘Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh’ in Hebrew. However, Ehyeh is the first-person form of hayah, meaning “to be,” or “to exist” and owing to the distinctiveness of Hebrew grammar means both “I am”, “I was”, and “I will be”. Therefore, you will find that ‘Ehyeh’ used in the old testament, speaks in a future tense as ‘will be or shall be’.
Ehyeh, a promise to behold from God to his people. On occasions when ‘Ehyeh’ is used; God was literally given the people His name as a promise. There are a plethora of examples that denotes such as that found in …
Ezekiel 34:24, which says…“And I, Yahweh will be (ehyeh) their God and my servant David a prince among them. I Yahweh, have spoken.”
Ezekiel 36:28 says… “Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave you to your fathers. You shall be my people and I will be (ehyeh) your God.”
Zechariah 8:8 says… “And I will bring back them and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem and they shall be my people and I will be (ehyeh) their God in truth and righteousness.”
Zechariah 2:5, God says… “For I will be (ehyeh) her says Yahweh; a wall of fire all around and the glory I will be (ehyeh) in her midst.”
How does this translate to the nature of God: It speaks to the constant presence of our self-existence God. Likewise, the word eternal is an adjective that defines a lasting entity; one without end. That is who God is. This reminds me that God’s presence never ceases to exist. He is one without an end. It also reminds me that His name is a promise to be as he has always been and will be.
**I imagine ehyeh as God literally giving us His name and saying to us ‘I will be for you all that I AM**
Scripture reference: Exodus 3:14, Exodus 2-3, Exodus 6:3, Psalm 68:4.