This morning’s sermon made a brief mention of Jesus’ seven “I Am” statements taken from John’s Gospel from the Greek term, “Ego eimi,” specifically relating to Jesus’ claim of Divinity.
While the term is used some three hundred times throughout the Old and New Testaments, the most prominent is likely Moses’ interaction with the LORD at the burning bush –
Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”Exodus 3:13-14
My study bible states the “three occurrences of “I AM” above are all forms of the Hebrew term “to be” relating to the name Yahweh, The LORD.
Moses could meet the people of Israel and the Pharoah of Egypt with confidence knowing that the living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was with him. And the people of Jesus’ day certainly recognized the significance of each of Jesus’ claims.