I AM; God’s Inspiration
According to “Christianity.Com” an internet contributor, the term I Am appears 719 times in the bible; 508 in the Old Testament, and 311 times in the New Testament. Many of them appear as a prefix to a statement such as I am the bread of life, I am the life, etc. However the reality of it’s use in specific instances promotes an eternal significance in our trek of salvation.
Watching the Ten Commandments or reading scripture when Moses asks; “when I go to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your Fathers has sent me to you, if they ask me, “what is his name? what am I to tell them? God replied, “I am who am” Then he added, “This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you.” (Ex. 3: 13 - 14).
Perhaps no other time does this response make such a deep feeling of wonderment when these words of God ring so clearly; this is a statement that opens our minds to understanding without being able to say anything and accept who it is that speaks to our hearts.
When Jesus was confronted by the Scribes and Pharisees regarding Abraham as their father, he responded with; “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” (Jn. 8: 58).
We need to go to Genesis when the Holy Trinity discussed the beginning of creation: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gn 1: 26). Already in the narrative of creation; Gn 1 and 2, the three persons of the Trinity are involved in what will follow for centuries to come. Before any human became, God IS. Each of the three persons of the Trinity can say I AM. This is what the essence of God is all about.
So when we who share the many talents given by the Holy Spirit it certainly is not our pre-thoughts but the inspiration of the God who created us and endowed within us many abilities to words on paper, music that enhances rhythms to soothe, or many that have created masterpieces on walls of great cathedrals. God inspires and uses his gifts so freely given to any he has chosen to treat other persons, whose numbers are beyond counting, a path to reach into the heavens glorifying God, forever.
I Am is not just a term that confounds our reasoning but a crescendo that reaches beyond the confinement of earth to the very throne of Almighty God. When any of us creates via words, music, or art we are opening the essence of the I AM for the world to enjoy.
Ralph B. Hathaway, I AM Inspires.