I AM That I am YAM?
By Your servant, Dan Baxley
(Exo 3:14) And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. KJV
Special Note from the author: I would like to make it plain that this article is covering a new look at the "IAM that IAM" and the Greek influence upon the Hebrew Scriptures and no one that I know of is making this observation. This is not a point of "salvation", and it is not an absolute and I admit to this being my own speculation and even guessing in some places to make my point. Scripture is always first and it is the scriptures you should be most attune to not the ranting of someone like me with a new "theory" to push. But I do find this observation concerning IAM that IAM interesting and worth a look. There seems to be a duality at play here.
IAM = HaYaH = The YaH
Knowing and understanding that our God and Savior has a personal Name and that the God of Israel also has a Personal Name we can look at the Hebrew Scriptures for the correct wording, without the Greek, and we come up with the Hebrew "ha" for the Greek "I" and the Hebrew YaH in place of the Greek for "AM". Marvelous isn't it? Ha-YeH, or I YaH, I-YeH, if you insist on including the Greek or discarding the Greek all together we have Ha-YaH, or THE YaH. If you think I am making this up then let's have a look at Strong's Hebrew Dictionary:
(Exodus 3:14, IAM) H1961 - hayah - A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary): - beacon, X altogether, be (-come, accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), continue, do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, X use.
So, what do we see if we stay with the Hebrew only? "And God (El) said to Moses, TheYaH that (that is to say) The YaH: and He said, thus shall you say to the children of Israel, The-YaH (eh-YeH) has sent me to you." It just keeps getting better, doesn't' it. We find the English/Greek for IAM, taken from the Hebrew is a proclamation of His Holy Name, YaH, and we can look at Strong's H1961 -- hayah, to prove it -- it does not get much simpler than this.
Update -- 10/30/2014:
More information concerning the Name of the God of Israel and our Creator: In Hebrew studies and a video presentation from the, “Ancient Hebrew Research Center”, by Jeff A. Benner, we are told that the HaYaH is Ehyeh and in English would be “I Exist”. There are other choices, like “I will exist”, or I am that which exists”. There are other choices but these two will illustrate the point. I have said that HIS Name is indefinable and that is still true but it is interesting how the Hebrew scholars play with this, IAM that IAM, in Exodus 3:14. What Jeff Benner, of Ancient Hebrews Research Center, demonstrates is a definition for His Name, YaH, or YeH. In all of the example of the various ways to interpret the “IAM” from the Hebrew His Name, YH has been defined as “EXIST”. The Ehyeh, is “I Exist”, thus we have, “I Exist that I Exist” in Exodus 3:14. This would be the closest I have seen to actually being able to define HIS Name, YH, YaH, or YeH. It would not be “To Exist” because He already does “exist” and has always “existed”. His Name, then, has been defined as belonging to someone that has always “Existed”, but that is not His Name but a statement read into the interpretation of His Name from Hebrew to English. While this is all well and good, and is another way of pointing to the fact that YaH, the God of Israel and all creation does “exist” has always “existed” and when we understand that He is telling us, as He told Moses, what His personal Name is. Still, His Name belongs to Him, the One that truly does “exist” and has always “existed”, but that is only an observations and a better way of saying it would be, YaH has always existed. It is because of the refusal of the Hebrew Scholars to come to grips with the Holy Name, by itself, that other choices and words are used. Not words that are wrong in attempts to explain who is speaking with Moses and who is identifying themselves to all Israel, and not us, and we acknowledge YaH does Exist, but “exist” is not His Name but comes really close to defining someone that has always been.
I Would like to thank those that have questioned this and given me the opportunity to clarify some points in this article, so thank you Adam and Duane (you know who you are), also I will mention a book given me to read that also mentions and makes plain, IAM is Ha-YeH in the original Hebrew Scriptures -- the book titled, "Jesus And YAHWEH The Names Divine" by Harold Bloom, page 128, and, of course, Strong's Hebrew Dictionary, H1961, where we see the Hebrew rendered "hayah" with the "a" marked as a vowel. The declaration of the Name of the God of Israel and our Savior YaH-shua is declared to Moses and the world. Moses did not confuse this IAM with YHWH as meaning something different, he understood it was the same and did not question what was being said to him, but the world has done just that, confusing the issue by taking a self-centered approach to what the English/Greek for YAM is really saying and making it to mean “I am”, or “me”. Moses knew exactly what he was hearing because he heard HaYaH, not “I’ am”.
Now let's return the Exodus 3:14 with this corrected --
(Exodus 3:14) And God said to Moses, ha YaH (that is) ha Yah: and He said, This shall you say to the children of Israel, the YaH has sent Me unto you.
How simple is this? Can it be any plainer? The KJV and all modern translations following the "tradition" of the KJV Bible allowing the Greek influence to muddy the clear reading of the original Hebrew. IAM is a Greek mess, and when it is further damaged by the English misunderstanding we do not see the Name at all. Once we resort back to the Hebrew we see YHWH declaring Himself -- ha YaH, or the YaH (I AM = YaH). Now, looking at the last part of this verse, "...The YaH (the Father) has sent Me (YaHshua in His previous Glory) to you (Moses). Hooking this up with the very next verse in context with what is being said and this all makes sense. How is it the translators miss this? Instead they concentrate on the Greek and the English, twisting IAM (Hebrew haYah, strong's #1961) into something else. Keeping in mind the update above concerning the other alternative, EhYaH, or I Exist, is still not His Name but that He has always been is undeniable – hard for the mind of flesh to grasp but true, nonetheless.
The main thrust of this article, as mentioned before, is considering the Scripture in light of the Greek influence which many translations, especially the King James Version, have gone to as their primary source and exhibit this Greek influence throughout the Scriptures. This is a kind of misdirection and hiding of our Savior and Creator's true identity has back lashed on the original instigator of this covering, or attempted covering of the Holy Name. In the attempted deception, certainly influenced by Satan, the truth still comes forward. The absolute truth of the “IAM that IAM” is HaYaH that HaYAH once restored. This, my friends, is the truth, uncovered, and stands in plain sight but ignored. We need to remember also that words like “that” are filler words supplied by the translators, and if the translators do not understand the Name of the Living God then they will continue to supply the words like “that” and “it” and “he” and “and” for the purpose of making the Hebrew more readable to the English reader but from a point of view that is in error or ignorance. What was said to Moses may have been the declaration that IAM, IAM or any number of other ways to impress upon Moses that the God of Abraham, YaH, was speaking to Him, the same God of the Flood.
It is not IAM that speaks but he-YaH - The YaH. Again, how is this so ignored by the translators? Even in their willful ignorance the path they have chosen can be turned back on them, and that is what I will do here, proving that even in their error they have revealed another truth that also demonstrates they are their own worst enemies and end up confessing against themselves. When I use the term, "translators" I include all those with evil intent and those duped. Some of these hard working scholars forced into following their peers before them – the traditions of their fellows. Certainly some workers in the word do so honorably but have a certain responsibility not to let themselves be fooled and then add to and aid in fooling the general population.
The rest of this article is full of speculation because it is nearly impossible to find a scholar that sees this or is unwilling to go against his brothers who have for decades walked in the error of covering up our God’s true identity, and this includes our Savior’s birth name – I believe they are without excuse. I think it can be demonstrated how a plan to hide the Creator God can, and perhaps has, boomeranged on the deceivers, and in this deception we can still see the True God of Creation as the misused Greek, IAM or YAM, points to a god known as YAM, identified as the God of the Flood and thus coming full circle pointing to His personal Name, YaH - YaHWeH -- the God of the Flood, our Creator.
Note: One other thing should be recognized here, concerning the use of the Tetragrammaton (four letters of His Name) -- some say YHWH some YHVH, so which is it? From the Jewish Study Bible, Editor, Adele Berlin, we have this commentary in the side bar -- Exodus 3:14 concerning the Name, YHWH: "God's proper name disclosed in the next verse is YHVH (spelled "yod-heh-vav-heh" in Heb; in ancient times the "vav" was pronounced "w")" From this we should be able to settle the argument over the "v" and the "w". The "vav" used to be sounded out as we sound out the "W" today, as did the ancients. What has happened, as the languages progressed, and changed, to some degree , we no longer pronounce the "vav" or the "V" like the "W". To restore the proper pronunciation we need to replace the modern V with the W, restoring the original, ancient, pronunciation. Put another way, if the "vav" had remained the same from then to now, we would be pronouncing the "V" just like the "W" (waw). But, in this modern era, the "V" is now pronounced as we see in the word, "Very", it has changed. I know, some insist on using the "v" in its modern pronunciation, so be it, the proper name, YH, or YaH, has not changed and is common in all of the variations.
GOD OF THE FLOOD
(Exo 3:14-15) God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' " God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'YHWH, the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has sent me to you.' This is my Name forever, the Name by which I am (?) to be remembered from generation to generation. NIV (LORD is replaced with the real four letters of His Name, YHWH)(emphasis mine)
Let me introduce you to the God of the Flood, the God that spoke to Moses and identified Himself as YaHWeH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So, which of the many gods did Abraham (Father of the Faithful) worship? The God associated with the Worldwide Flood, YaHWeH is His Name forever, and to be a memorial for all generations. But wait, what about the first part, where God is telling Moses He is IAM? First, the 'I AM that I AM" (KJV) is from the Greek and should actually read, YAM, and guess what? There is a God known as YAM and YAMM -- this God is the God of the Flood (more on that later). So, dear reader, let me introduce you to YAM, God of the Flood, the God of Abraham, known as YHWH, God of Israel – but only one Name chosen as a "forever memorial" to Himself -- YaHWeH -- not Yam or I AM.
But wait, there may be some confusion here, as pointed out to me recently by a fellow Bible student and brother in YaHshua, and the reason for this update -- to clarify, making plain that YAM is not His Name, it is a name given by men to a god they felt responsible for the Great worldwide flood -- they called Him Yam, meaning "surf", a god of the ocean, of powerful waters. This name, Yam or I AM, is not the personal name of our Creator.. YHWH is His Name as the latter part of the verse makes plain. It is not the name Yam that the God of Israel says is to be remembered forever. It is the Name YaHWeH that is to be forever, and a memorial for all generations. The name Yam is, and I will say it again, "given to the Creator by ancient man" to identify the Creator of the Flood as the cruel god that destroyed the world by water. The irony to this whole incident, between the Egyptians and the people of Israel, is the fact the Israelites were then delivered from the evil hand of the Egyptians by water, by the Yam-Surf. They moved through Yam Surf (Translated, Red Sea) on dry ground with the Egyptian warriors following, only to be engulfed by the Surf falling in on them, destroyed by the Red Sea the Yam Surf.
It has been pointed out by many scholars the Ten Plagues the Egyptians suffered had been a slap at their many gods. Each plague representative of a god they worshipped being unable to deliver them from the plagues. Isn't it interesting then, this too, the Red Sea (Yam Surf) represented a god they held in disdain would be their complete undoing.
Yam is the name by which they, the ancients, knew of the Creator and the destroyer of the earth. Once Moses understood which of the many gods was speaking to him, YHWH then went on to give Moses His Personal Name, the Name Moses was to use "forever" and give to his people as a "memorial". To make sure there was not mistake, YaHWeH further identifies Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. YHWH, this is the Name our Creator has applied to Himself as His personal Name, a Name to be remembered, and what do we see? We see a Name forgotten, denied, refused, ignored and presented as meaningless and of no use. How pathetic, men seem to be hell-bent on doing just the opposite of what their Creator wants. Israel, What is the Name of your God, tell us if you can!
What is the importance of this information? Read the definition below and what follows and you will see why we need to know this and you will see, I pray, how rejecting the legal Identity of your God and Savior can lead to error and misunderstanding what the Scriptures have to say concerning key points in biblical doctrine and prophetic understanding. Remember, and keep in mind, YAM or IAM is not His name but a name given to Him by man. We see a similar error when addressing the personal Identity of our Savior, YaHshua. Men have named him, Iesous, then Jesus but the birth name delivered by angelic messenger to Mary and Joseph was YaHshua, or YaHoshua, if you prefer.
What I will attempt with this article is to lay out another understanding of the "I AM that I Am" statement of Exodus 3:14, a statement, I believe, misunderstood by the scholars of today. Why is it the Biblical scholars misunderstand what is being said, as I will demonstrate? Because they see through a fog of religious intellect telling them the words are inspired by the Holy Spirit, as though the Holy Spirit printed the KJV Bible from the "Inspired Greek", when in fact it was not Greek the Apostles spoke. Our Savior was not teaching in the Greek language, he was a Jew sent to the children of Israel, it was only later an Apostle was called (Paul) to take the message, actively, to the gentiles. This idea of the Holy Spirit inspiring the Greek Language solves a lot of problems for the scholars -- keeping the Jewishness of our Savior at arm’s length and giving support to things, such as names, in such a way as to discount the original meaning and identity of our Creator and our Savior and our Heavenly Father. This concept is taught in the Christian schools and universities and for this reason a cloud is created over the mind of the student, blocking this simple logic of original names being changed for other names and this makes it difficult for the educated Bible scholar to see the importance of the true Identity of our Creator which is a key to unlocking much of the prophetic understanding of Scripture.
Many would defend the name Jesus as the name of salvation and when you say that name did not exist when the first New Testament Scriptures were written, then they say it does not matter, names mean nothing. backed into a corner the inevitable answer is, the Holy Spirit inspired the name Jesus to be written.
We are dealing with the name YAM and I AM and YHWH and the misunderstanding of what this "I AM that I AM" really means and why it is misunderstood. It is my hope this will further the readers understanding and encourage you to study your Bible as a book of words about THE WORD and not to confuse the two.
Exert taken from Wikipedia, YAM (god):
Yamm, from the Canaanite word Yam, (Hebrew ??) meaning "Sea", is one name of the Ugaritic god of Rivers and Sea. Also titled Judge Nahar ("Judge River"), he is also one of the 'ilhm (Elohim) or sons of El, the name given to the Levantine pantheon. Others dispute the existence of the alternative names, claiming it is a mistranslation of a damaged tablet. Despite linguistic overlap, theologically this god is not a part of the later subregional monotheistic theology, but rather is part of a broader and archaic Levantine po
Yam is the deity of the primordial chaos and represents the power of the sea untamed and raging; he is seen as ruling storms and the disasters they wreak. The gods cast out Yam from the heavenly mountain Sappan (modern Jebel Aqra; "Sappan" is cognate to Tsephon (Tsion). The seven-headed dragonLotan is associated closely with him and the serpent is frequently used to describe him.
Of all the gods, despite being the champion of El, Yam holds special hostility against BaalHadad, son of Dagon. Yam is a deity of the sea and his palace is in the abyss associated with the depths, or Biblical tehwom, of the oceans. (This is not to be confused with the abode of Mot, the ruler of the netherworlds.) In Ugaritic texts, Yam's special enemy Hadad is also known as the "king of heaven" and the "first born son" of El, whom ancient Greeks identified with their god Kronos, just as Baal was identified with Zeus, Yam with Poseidon and Mot with Hades. Yam wished to become the Lord god in his place. In turns the two beings kill each other, yet Hadad is resurrected and Yam also returns. Some authors have suggested that these tales reflect the experience of seasonal cycles in the Levant.
My Comments: This is my introduction to you to the God, the Creator God, the God of the Flood, to you -- IAM, IAM (YAM, YAM) is presented to you and He is the God of Abraham, He is the God of Israel and the God of the New Covenant also known as YHWH, and YaHshua.
If you read Exodus 3:14, you will see YHWH identifies Himself, to Moses, as YAM (Greek English = I AM, not the English I’am – another error accepted due to lack of knowledge concerning the identity of our God and Savior)
“God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'IAM has sent me to you.' " NIV (The emphasis, by capitalization, is placed in the text by the translators)
Understanding modern translations (following the KJV example) traditions used many words from the Greek Septuagint of the Old Testament. This can be seen in the use of the letter “I” in place of the more correct Hebrew/ English “Y” which is the English equivalent of the Greek “I” – this has been lost on the English readers who do not see the “I” as “Y” or “Yh”. On the surface this may seem unimportant but in the English language the letters “I” and “J” have changed drastically from their original phonetic value and modern usage means something different and should be changed to the correct English equivalent for the Hebrew “Yod”, which is the “Y”, not the “I” in today’s language. Because this has not been done we see the confusion leading to ignorance and a misunderstanding of what our Creator is saying, really saying to Moses. If the Hebrew “Y” instead of the “I” were used no one would suggest some of the definitions they attempt for this verse as they try to define what our Creator is saying concerning His Identity. “YAM has sent me to you”, Moses was to say, or ha-YaH. The duality is apparante, the god YAM was the god of the waters, the power of the water, the god capable of destroying the whole earth by water, and at the same time IAM to the hearing of Moses was to say “The YaH”, and then YaHWeH.
From the information found in Wikipedia (read the opening paragraph at the top of this page) you can easily chase down the origin of YAM (again, not I am, but IAM or YAM) and see the connections this God has with the power of the waters, the ocean and all the seas. He is the flood God and from the Canaanite legends you can see a tale of conflict between the children of El (the Bull) and Yam’s representative, Judge Nahar. The article above suggests Judge Nahar is a possible title for Prince Yam. Certainly you have to piece this together but what this shows is that there had been a God known as “YAM” and we see this God making Himself known to Moses and then fine tuning His identity for Moses as YHWH (Exodus 3:15-16) in the next two verses, the God of Abraham. The worship of the god that had flooded the earth had been replaced by the worship of the children of Adam (EL, the Bull), identified as Baal and Ashroth (Asherah), his sister and consort (wife).
The children of Adam came down from the Garden (high mountain area) entering into the general population of men and were seen as gods. Cain became a builder of cities, and the founding of metal work and musical instruments. How was he able to do this? If he were known to be a child of God from on High wouldn’t he be seen as a god himself? We see this in the ancient world and societies, making their Kings as gods, from god, the direct children of the God. When the population believes their leaders are gods or sons of gods they willingly serve them and what better way than to take on building projects. We see this the world over, the pyramids being the most obvious example.
As far as I know this is new knowledge, not hidden but not recognized. For those of you having accepted the birth Name of our Savior this should be welcome information assisting in further confirmation of our God’s Identity. This is information hidden too long and if accepted will clear up the real meaning of what our Creator is saying to Moses in identifying Himself to Moses, to the Israelites and to us. This is also a bridge to understanding what happened with the children of Adam and Eve and how they became mythical gods, or a family of gods with all of the faults of humans. This uncovers the misguided and corrupt worship of mankind by mankind. Historically it has not been that long the rulers of the Roman Empire were considered gods, or from the gods.
When you take the gods of the Canaanites, the gods of the Greeks, and the gods of the Egyptians you see a common thread. The names are different but the gods are very similar and in fact the same. From the writings uncovered by archaeologist over the past few decades we see, what I believe, is the worship of the family of Adam and Eve. Adam identified as the god EL also known as the Bull, a slothful god given to wine and credited for being the Father of all mankind. His son Cain becomes a person of worship as does his sister Ashroth. They become the gods of fertility and war against the God of the oceans where beasts of all types live. This battle between man and God ends, in Biblical history, with the “flooding” of the world and the destruction of all mankind. Only Noah and his family survive. From this it can be understood why the children of Noah, from whom we descend, harbored evil feelings against a god that would do such a thing – how do you explain to your children that your god destroyed all of your people without some hard feelings? They, the children of Noah, their sons and daughters and their sons and daughters, returned to worshiping themselves – making man god, finding a friendlier god they turned from YaHWeH. We see this throughout ancient history and in more recent history in the practice of Monarchies claiming direct connection and with our Creator as rules of this Earth, ordained by God.
The ancients took it so far as to marry within their own family -- the kings marrying their own children – the blood of the gods is holy and must stay within the godhead, within the family.
YAM SUPH – Red Sea
Our Creator identifies Himself as the God that was known for having destroyed man from the face of the earth and was seen as a mean god, as cruel, unfair god by the ancients. He was known as the god of the surging Oceans -- oceans that still covered the better part of the earth. He tells Moses He is that God, the God of the “SURF”, YAM, and then He tells Moses He is YHWH, the God of Abraham, it is the latter Name revealed to Moses that he is to tell the Israelites He will be known for all their generations. When Moses tell the Israelites that YAM has sent him and that this is the same God as YHWH, the God of their father Abraham they then had a better understanding of whom they were dealing with. To take this a step further, YHWH then goes on to deliver the Israelites from under the hand of the Egyptians by an act only the God of the Sea could do. Keep in mind, YHWH had punished the Egyptians with plagues and each of these curses, plagues, violated a cherished god of the Egyptians. That’s right, for every plague suffered it was a demonstration of how each of the favored gods of Egypt were helpless, unable to save them. YAM’s final insult was to open up the Red Sea (Known as YAM-SURF, in ancient days) and delivered the people through the waters and by the same waters destroyed the Egyptian army. Many connections can be made with this God when it comes to water, that liquid we cannot live without.
Yam-Surf is not Reed-Sea as some disbelievers among even the Christians suppose. Some have real difficulty with a Creator God that can part the Sea, or even flood the whole world. It is truly alarming how many claiming to teachers of the Word excuse away language in the Scriptures as “symbolic”, in other words, it does not really mean what it says. The Red Sea is not red but it is a sea and the Red Sea is not a sea of Reeds located to the far north of Sinai. Yam Surf, translated as Red Sea is to say, Angry Sea. You have heard the term, “seeing red”, this is how YaM-Surf became the Red Sea. Remember, Suph means sea and YaM became angry as seen by the raging waves (Suph) of water covering the earth and eventually crashing down on the army in pursuit of YHWH's chosen people.
YAM-SURF? Really? If you have an NIV Study Bible turn to Exodus 15:4, 22 and read reference note (a) as follows -- "Hebrew Yam Suph; that is Sea of Reeds" -- see also verse 22. We see the correct restoration of I'am for YAM and understanding the definitions for Yamm and Yam as meaning RED or Angry Sea it becomes obvious the "assumption" by Biblical scholars that Suph means sea is in correctr. Yam (Red) Suph (Sea), it is easy to see the term Suph and Surf is one and the same. YAM (Red) Suph (the Surf) -- the "surf" pounds the beaches and is represented by high rising waves while the "sea" is the whole body of water each representative of the other, powerful force of massive waters. This clearly identifies YAM as the God of the Flood and as the God that delivered Israel through the Sea, destroying the Egyptian army, in His Anger (Red), those seeking to destroy the people of the Living God YAM, known as the God of Abraham, the God YHWH and to the first Christians as YaHshua, Creator of all things (John 1:1), Savior of Israel and to those accepting Him. Let’s examine these meanings and definitions a little more.
What Does the Hebrew Say?
Let's go the Strong's, Hebrew Dictionary again, and see just what is being said, and what is being assumed:
Probably of Egyptian origin; a reed, especially the papyrus: - flag. Red [sea], weed. Compare H5489.
You will notice this definition begins with "probably", and I think we can all agree, this is not a firm foundation upon which to speculate and then turn this speculation into fact. You will also notice the word “sea” is bracketed and this suggest and alternate meaning other than “red”. It is suggested we compare H5489, so moving on --
For H5488 (by ellipsis of H3220); the Reed (Sea): - Red sea.
Referenced back to H5488 and "by ellipsis (meaning to leave out) H3220 -- let's go see what is being "left out" --
From an unused root meaning to roar; a sea (as breaking in noisy surf) or large body of water; specifically (with the article) the Mediterranean; sometimes a large river, or an artificial basin; locally, the west, or (rarely) the south: - sea (X -faring man, [-shore]), south, west (-ern, side, -ward).
So, this is what is being left out, and this is what is ignored in the defining of the word YAM (I AM, in the Greek). Apply this definition with that of H5488 and you do not come up with "reed", or "sea of reeds", you come up with -- roaring sea, noisy surf, large body of water. going back to the first statement made to Moses, "IAM that IAM" and seeing a better application of this we should now be able to see YHWH as YAM the god of the waters, the powerful, surging, surf. This is the God the ancients knew of as the God that brought the Great Flood on their ancestors and this is the God that delivers all of the House of Israel through the waters YAM Suph, the Red Suph, or Sea. Once identified, He, Yam, went on to tell Moses He is the God of Abraham and that He would be known for all generations as YHWH. Moses did not argue, did not shrug his shoulders and say, "YAM, whose that?" Moses knew as did others of that time that the God Yam had brought total destruction upon all flesh and He had now identified Himself, not by a name given to Him by men but by His own personal identity among the heathen. Let’s remember, YaHWeH delivered the plagues on Egypt and each plague was a direct assault on each of the gods the Egyptians recognized.
From the beginning of this article we can see the “duality” of this Name given to Moses and then His full identity, making it clear which of the gods was speaking to him. IAM is the declaration of “the YaH” the God of the flood and then as YaHWeH, which is to say, YaH the God that causes to be, or the Creator. IAM is to say hayah.
You do not have to accept any of this, like I said, I am not a scholar and my observations are my observations. so, what is the value of this? I believe it keeps, or helps to keep, the truth seekers on the path and to gain a better understanding of our Creator and of some of the remarks made by our Savior. It demonstrates the truth of the word and the character of our Creator. He is concerned about identifying Himself to us and we should be receptive of that fact. Once Moses understood he did not approach Pharaoh as representing Yam, god of the Flood but as YHWH (YaHWeH) Creator of all things, Master of all things, not just water. This is then demonstrated to Pharaoh and all of Egypt by the plagues. His salvation for Israel, however, ended in a dramatic way, by water and lots of it, not in some marsh of reeds, but in the depth of the Gulf of Aqaba where the Pharaoh and his army perished.
The Missing Pharaoh
Why is this Pharaoh not identified in history? For one thing the list of kings is still argued over as to their order and timing. It seems when other nations invaded and succeed in taking one of the Egyptian kingdoms they would then pose as the new gods or Egyptian family of gods. This had a drunken appeal to the ancients, to be see as gods themselves and the Egyptian system was the pinnacle of this art for, man being god. When you look at the carvings and statues over the centuries BC different racial characteristics appear that are dissimilar. The other thing about trying to patch together the genealogy of the Egyptian kings is that for a period of time there were two kingdoms, a North and a South and then there is the business that as historians the Egyptian hardly ever mentioned any times they lost a battle, after all, gods do not lose battles. Then there was the practice of eliminating any record of those you succeed if not of your direct family. Even the exact dating given for when the Israelites left Egypt is up for debate. It seems the only reliable witness we have is the Bible itself. The reliability of Biblical accounts is huge, and become more obvious with every turn of the archeologist’s spade.
Now, please, go back and reread the very beginning of this article and settle this matter for yourself in the original truth concerning who was identifying Himself to Moses -- to you and I -- ha YaH -- the YaH is speaking and has sent me, and it is YaH weh, the God of Abraham, of Jacob, and of Isaac that is speaking to you -- so go and tell the people this is who the One speaking, the One that will deliver you from under the hand of the Egyptians, and this will be my Name forever. Please, reread what is being revealed and you will see and read your Bible differently from this time forward -- you will be blessed.
Peace to you and yours --
See Also -- I AM or YAM?