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אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה(eh’yeh asher eh’yeh) or “I AM who I AM” or “I will be who I will be.” Now, I have twisted this one in my head before and have thought on the claims of such a statement in light of what Moses is really asking. ok, Moses is used to gods who are associated with some tangible function, i.e. harvest, fertility, rain, etc. and he’s looking for this God in a bush to answer as one of these gods. God is declaring, ‘I’m not defined how you wish to define me, I transcend all the gods you knew in
It is very tempting to approach God with preconceived categories and presupposed logic. It's just easier to see how God fits our categories than to allow him to create his own. That's a mistake we often make in reading Scripture. We approach the text with our own theological categories and questions and we see how the scriptures answer and fit those categories and questions. But that's not really listening. What if we just went to the Bible and listened and allowed it to ask the questions it's trying to ask and create the categories that it might be creating? Where's it's silent, we'd have to let it be silent, where it's challenging we'd have to let it challenge us. What if we let it show us who God is rather than always tell us? Oh, how much more rewarding and difficult that would be!