I Am

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,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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