As I'm beginning my favorite Bible study this year...that would be Bible Study Fellowship by the by...I've been thinking a lot about the I AM THAT I AM. How God identifies Himself to Moses and His people.
It made me think back to my first year in BSF when I studied John. There are seven I AM metaphors, which tell of his saving relationship with the world. A great reminder at any time...but especially right now...cuz I have a virus and I'm stuck inside... away from my favorite Bible study, my peeps and my babies.
I AM the bread of life....John 6:35, 41, 48, 51
I AM the light of the world...John 8:12
I AM the door of the sheep...John 10:7, 9
I AM the good shepherd...John 10:11, 14
I AM the resurrection and life...John 11:25
I AM the way, and the truth, and the life....John 14:6
I AM the true vine...John 15:1, 5
A dear friend was just lamenting the awfulness of casual christianity to me...the way so so many of our friends are upset when we point to truth in the Bible that contradicts the bestselling drivel they are touting. Nothing compares to THE WORD...there's nothing plain or vanilla about it. It's living and active and sharper than any sword.