Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. (Psalm 93:2)
Everything has a beginning and an end. Or does it? It depends.
If we’re speaking in human terms, the answer is yes. We most relate to this concept with a school year, job, or relationship. Even our life has a beginning and end. And then there’s God—He has no beginning and no end. He’s always existed and always will exist. Many wonder, “If God created everything, who created God?” The Bible teaches that God is eternal. He wasn’t born like you and me. And until God created the heavens and earth, time as we know it didn’t exist.
Moses’ desert encounter gives us profound insight. In his routine task of tending sheep, a flaming bush got his attention. God introduced Himself, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” Moses is first reminded of God’s history. Then God gave Moses a pep talk, in preparation for him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. As we have done, Moses said, “Who am I…?” Because we live in the flesh it’s easy to think in the flesh. He didn’t have the skill or the wisdom to carry out such a miraculous plan. But God said, “I AM WHO I AM." Translation: This is my name forever. God had always been with Moses. It was true when he was placed in the basket on the Nile, when he murdered the Egyptian, and it was true in this moment. Moses had been equipped to live in Pharaoh’s world, only to deliver God’s people out to the Promised Land. He was able because of I AM. So think back…you have history with God. He is all-sufficient for any occasion. You are because of I AM.
Within the confines of “time”, there will always be a beginning and end. The first words of Genesis are, “In the beginning…” And the last book of Revelation says, “I am the beginning and the end.” When God says, “I AM”, He means there is no end to His resources because there’s no end to His presence. There was no God before I AM and there will never be another.
Spiritually speaking, everything doesn’t have a beginning and end. Our mortal bodies perish by the second but our souls live forever. Reality is clear: I have because of I AM. I do because of I AM. I am because of I AM.
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on God IS the Great I AM on June 29th, 2019 - Watch Sermon