“And Moses said unto Elohim (God), Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, Elohe Avotechem (The God of Your Fathers) hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His Name? what shall I say unto them? And Elohim (God) said unto Moses, HAYAH ASHER HAYAH (I AM WHO I AM): and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, HAYAH (I AM) hath sent me unto you. And Elohim (God) said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, YAHUAH Elohe Avotechem (The God of Your Fathers), the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is My Name for ever, and this is My memorial unto all generations” (Ex. 3:13-14).
It is well known that the YAH part of YAHUAH is derived from HA-YAH, which means “I am”. The ‘HU’ means He (who) and the ‘UAH’ is derived from HA-UAH, which has essentially the same meaning as HA-YAH. So put together YAHUAH means “I AM HE (WHO) EXISTS”. Yahushua identifies Himself as “I Am He” seven times in the Gospel of John! So, if you put the entire Name together it means “I Am He Who Saves” (-shua = ‘to save’).
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Now let’s see what A.T. Jones says about this passage.
Review and Herald, 2/12/1901:
This expression, “I AM THAT I AM,” is the revelation of God. It reveals Him in His self-existence—”I AM;” and in His character—”I AM THAT I AM”—I AM THAT WHICH I AM—I AM WHAT I AM. “This is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.” Ex. 3:15.
In believing in God it is not enough to believe in the self-existent One. He is more than that—He is more than existence: He is character. And in believing in Him it is not enough to believe that He is: we must believe WHAT He is. As it is written, “He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
His name embraces both these thoughts. And His name is not know unless these two thoughts—self-existence and character—are known. As to existence, His name is “I AM;” and as to character, “I am what I am.”
What is He, then, in this which He is? What is His name as to character? This question is answered in full by the Lord himself. He has revealed not only that He is, but He has revealed what He is; and this in order that all men may know Him; may know His name in its fullness, and as it is in truth. For again in its fullness, and as it is in truth. For again He said to Moses: “I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee. . . . And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. Ex. 33:19; 34:5.
And in proclaiming this His name, “the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” Ex. 34:6, 7.
This is what He is. When He said, “I AM THAT I AM. . . . This is my name forever,” this is what He said. And when He passed by before Moses and proclaimed this, His name, He only said in more words what He said at the first, “I AM THAT I AM. . . . This is my name forever.”
The words, “The Lord, The Lord God,” express self-existence, as do the words “I AM.” All the rest of the words of that glorious name express His character, as do the words, “I AM THAT [THAT WHICH, or WHAT] I AM.”
And what a Person is thus revealed!
This is awesome! Now how are we to remember His Name? God has given us two memorials to remember it by; firstly, by saying or hearing the Name itself as we see in the passage, and secondly, by observing the Sabbath…
“Hallow My Sabbaths, and they shall be *a sign* between Me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God” (Ezek. 20:20).
A ‘sign’ is similar to a memorial; it reminds us of something that is symbolized. Sabbaths are memorial days, whether they are weekly or annual, with the latter being the channel of the former (source).
Therefore, God gives us two memorials to help us remember that He exists–yea, that He self-exists and that our existence is in Him–and of His glorious character: (1) saying and hearing His glorious Name, YAHUAH, and (2) Sabbath observance.
Regarding the Divine Name, we should be using His Name instead of a title that substituted it, for it is a memorial of what His Name means. It is like a source and channel relationship: the source is the infinite, invisible God and the channel is His written or spoken Name by which we remember as a memorial for the source.
Regarding Sabbaths, we should not be Saturday-keepers, but Sabbath-keepers. The former is old covenant legalism, and unfortunately this is the norm. Saturday is kept for the purpose of doing no work to simply do no work (and go through the routine of going to church since it is a holy convocation). But the Sabbath is observed as a memorial. The focus for true Sabbath-keepers is entering into the rest of Yahushua–the One whose Name is “I Am He Who Saves”. The focus is on contemplating of His salvation and His matchless love. We dwell on the new covenant experience of resting from our own ways and our own works to save ourselves from sin, for He says “I Am He Who Saves” you to the uttermost.
Likewise, there is the sacred name movement that observes His Name out of old covenant legalism–saying it just to say it and condemning others for not saying it or not saying it as they say it. Let us not neglect the glorious and sweet Name of YAHUAH and His Son Yahushua (Jesus). It is not so important on how we pronounce it but rather on how we memorialize what it really means. When we say either Name, or any other divine name (there are many) let us be reverently thrilled in our hearts and melted in that sweet, savory love of Elohim–even the Name that means “Behold the Nails, Behold the hands” when you interpret the four ancient Hebrew letters. God in Messiah forgave you and me at the cross and gave us salvation, even before we did anything deserve it. This is the kind of love that melts our hearts–the agape love that needs to be restored in our theology.
Now, here is where it gets really interesting. Let’s look at the following Scriptures…
“Lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Tzion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having ***His Father’s NAME written in their foreheads*** … These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. ***And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God***” (Rev. 14:1-4).
Here we can clearly see that the Father’s Name is His character, for they have His “without fault” character. We also see how this came to be–they followed the Lamb. In other words, they had a new covenant faith. They did not become perfect by trying to become perfect, for that is old covenant perfectionism and it doesn’t work. But they behold Yahushua (Jesus) in His great love to save us, no matter how sinful we are. We behold His great love and claim His merits and are changed therein.
“Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is ***a sign*** between Me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am YAHUAH that doth sanctify you” (Ex. 31:13).
“And he received the ***sign*** of circumcision, a ***seal*** of the righteousness of the faith” (Rom. 4:11).
We see that the Sabbath is a sign (or memorial) of sanctification; and notice, it is a sign that ***YAHUAH*** sanctifies us and not we ourselves. Therefore, it is similar to circumcision, which was a pre-Calvary sign of righteousness by faith. Sanctification is the mind being settled into righteousness, which is the sealing work of God as we exercise our faith in Him; so it is righteousness by faith, and this is what the Sabbath is a sign of. The sealing–entering into God’s REST, which is only found in His character–is invisible. It is the source. The Sabbath is the designated channel of entering into this rest. The REST itself is the seal, and the Sabbath is the sign (or outward sign) of that inward seal. Therefore, I believe that ‘seal’ and ‘sign’ have a source and channel relationship; they are the same in essence. So that is how God’s Name, or Character, and His Sabbath, can both be the seal; it is source and channel, inward seal and outward seal. Those who pass through the final times of trouble and do not bow down to the sun god (satan) of which Sunday is a sign of will be sealed and everyone will know who they are before Christ returns.
Let us behold the Great I AM–YAHUAH, who self-exists–through His Son that came from Him and represents Him. Let us worship Him with knowledge instead of with vain old covenant rituals. Let us thus be sealed as we follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth–wherever He leads us in the Scriptures and books that are based on the Scriptures. Let us behold more and more of His glory until all of self-glory is laid in the dust, with our souls safely resting in His eternal loving-care.