(Share what each of you learned from your Wednesday Night lessons)
Is it strange for God to have a name that means, “I am who I am?”
What does “I am who I am” mean?
Out of these meanings what is the hardest thing to understand about God?
What is the Hebrew term for “I am who I am?”
“The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.”
- Exodus 34:4-9
This is who God is. This is His mercy, compassion, justice, honesty, and holiness encompassed in His name.
List the different characteristics mentioned about God in this passage
Which parts of God’s description of Himself do you favor the most?
Can we change the implications of God’s name? Why or why not?
The truth is that this is God. We do not get to define Him, He has done so in His Word. Just as we don’t define fire as wet, so we do not define God as only a God of wrath or only a God of love. He is both just and merciful. His name proclaims this truth.
To conclude, try and write out all the different implications in the name Yahweh.