Today’s Journey Through Scripture Passages: 1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59
28 So Jesus said to them, “When the Human One is lifted up, then you will know that I Am. Then you will know that I do nothing on my own, but I say just what the Father has taught me. 29 He who sent me is with me. He doesn’t leave me by myself, because I always do what makes him happy.” 30 While Jesus was saying these things, many people came to believe in him. (John 8:28-59, Common English Bible).
Have you ever wondered how times a certain word or phrase is in the Bible? It wasn’t too long ago you could find out how many times a single word was in the Bible by looking at a concordance. For example, the word money is in the Bible 169 times. That doesn’t count the times other words are used like say, denarius.
The word love is in the Bible 792 times. If you wanted to know, you broke out your trusty old concordance and look your word up and get your answer. There are four words in Greek we translate to love. It doesn’t break that down for us.
But, if you wanted to know how many times love and money were in the Bible? the only way to know was to sit and count it by hand. Today, not only is it easier with a computer, it is faster than you could look in a concordance and get the answer for one word. Oh, by the way, love and money are in the same verse in the Bile eight times.
What got me started to think about all this was our passage above. “…When the Human One is lifted up, then you will know that I Am..” You will know that I Am.” Those two little words, three letters, four characters if you count the space, say a great deal.
When I saw “I Am,” my first thought went back to God and Moses having a conversation. Really it was more God giving Moses instructions and Moses giving God excuses as to why Moses couldn’t carry out God’s instructions. Specifically, God had told Moses to go and gain the freedom of the Israelites slaves in Egypt. Moses asks God, “What if they ask your name.” God simply replied, “I Am who I Am.” And yes, that would count twice when the computer counted it.
God had to get the divine role into the thick-headed Israelites (our heads are just about as thick) as God was pulling them out of Egypt. In the first five books of the Bible alone, you can find “I Am” 151 times. Many of the times “I Am” is there it would be followed by “the Lord your God.” Yes, as in, “I Am the Lord your God.”
The computer doesn’t tell me how many times both words are capitalized. That would probably make it even more clear how many times we see this name for God. But, we know the occasion that is our lesson today is one of those times. There should be no doubt, Jesus is alluding to “I Am” as a name for God. “When the Human One is lifted up, then you will know that I Am.” It doesn’t say, “…then you will know that I am the Son of God.” It doesn’t say, “…then you will know that I am your friend.” It doesn’t say, “…then you will know that I am a duck.” It simply says, “…then you will know that I Am.” in other words, “…then you will know that I am God.”
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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