Basic Bible Principles to Fertilize Your Sense of Awe


Our God is I AM WHO I AM.

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.’” (Exo 3:13-14)

I AM transcends all limitations of space, time, knowledge, and power.

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Rev 4:8)

When human beings have been given even brief and miniscule glimpses of I AM’s glory, it was the most terrifying, awe-inspiring, mind-blowing experience of their lives.

  • All the people in the camp of Israel trembled at the foot of Mt. Sinai (Exo 19:16)
  • I AM told Moses, “You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live” (Exo 33:20)
  • Isaiah exclaimed, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King!” (Isa 6:5)
  • When Ezekiel saw the likeness of the glory of I AM, he fell on his face (Ezek 1:28)
  • When John saw the glorified Son of God, he fell at his feet as though dead (Rev 1:17)

Jesus has made God known in ways that Moses, Isaiah, and Ezekiel could not even fathom.

No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. (John 1:18)

“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

“Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Heb 12:28-29)

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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