One of the tenets of bibliology is that Scripture is the self-revelation of God. Through the words of the Bible, we discover truth about the nature and character of God. And sometimes, that self-disclosure by God is particularly evident.
Consider, for example, the declaration, “I am the Lord.”
Though the Lord only makes that declaration twice in the first book, Genesis, 16 times in the book of Exodus (most of them in the interaction with Pharaoh in the first 14 chapters) God makes the disclosure, “I am the Lord.”
The word “Lord” is the name, Yahweh, which is generally understood as God’s covenant name with Israel — He is the self-existent God who has covenanted with Israel so that they will be His eternal people.
Yet as He uses this declaration in Exodus, He implies other truths as well. When the God declares, “I am the Lord…”
- it is a promise to Israel that He will deliver them from their oppressor, Egypt (6:6-7).
- it is a reminder that He is a keeper of His covenants with Israel (6:8).
- it is a declaration that He is supreme over all the nations, not just Israel (7:5, 17).
- it is a comfort to His people. He is in their midst (8:22).
- it is a proclamation of His power and name (9:16).
- it is a demonstration of His supremacy over the nations and for all time — it is a declaration to future generations as well (10:2).
- it is a reminder that as Lord, He holds the ultimate power — the power over life and death (12:12).
- it is a declaration that even in the rebellion and disobedience of the nations, He receives glory and honor (14:4, 18).
These serve as timely reminders for us as well, for the unchanging God is still the Lord — still working His purposes through the rebellion of men and still keeping His promises to Israel and to all His people.
He is the Lord and He is trustworthy.