Q: I have a question about your article "Yam or I am". I the WIKI article it states that YAM is a sea god amongst other gods. If this is the case then was Moses talking to a different deity than we thought? If I understand you correctly you are trying to show the name YHWH, but it seems to show that YHWH is the god YAM. I could be way of base here, but after reading the article it shows that we might not know who Moses was talking to. Just a little confused.
A: Hi Adam, good to hear from you. I know I can be a little scattered brained at times when trying to make a point. Most, well, all of the articles I write are pretty much as they come out of my head. I add Scriptural references and sometimes add documentation but for the most part I am writing about something I have been looking at for years. With that said --- you are actually correct in what you are think I am saying but your assumption is off base when it comes to your question, if I am reading you right, "YHWH is the god YAM".
The answer to this question is Yes, and No. Yes, YaHWeH is and was the God YAM, by this name He was recognized as the God of the Waters by the pagan worshipers. No, it was by the Name YaHWeH that He was the God to their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
First it is understood the Israelite had lost the identity of their God, YHWH while living under the Egyptian system, but they had not lost their identity and connection with their forefathers – the Egyptians saw to that, being prejudiced against them. They had no idea who He was, having been well versed, however, in all of the gods of Egypt.
Put yourself back in that time, you are one of the Israelites, you know all about the Egyptian way and their worship of the Bull (Bel, Baal god) and the child of the Bull, the Calf god. But, among all of the gods, and there were many, one for every event, there was one that was recognized as the God of the Surf, god of the Oceans and of all the Waters. This was an Identity the Pagans had given to the Creator God, the God of the Flood. So, to mention YAM was to mention the God of the Flood and this God we, you and I know as our Creator and the God Named YHWH or YaHWeH. YAM is a name give the Creator, YHWH is the Name given by Him as His personal Identity. This explains why YHWH went to the trouble to explain He had be recognized but not as the God of Abraham. One name, YAM, was a name applied to Him by men, the Name YHWH is the Name our Savior and Creator God gave for Himself. There is a big difference here when this is understood.
YHWH, identifying Himself as YAM, to Moses and to the People of Israel would give them a mental picture immediately of just which god of all the gods they knew about at that time. He confirms His personal Identity as YHWH, the God of you Father Abraham.
I am not saying YHWH is YAM, no He is YHWH seen among men as YaHshua. It is the falling away of men since the flood that named the God of the flood, YAM, which meant, the God of the Flood.
I hope this clears it up. I will go back over that article and see if I can unscramble it. Maybe you could help me with that. Which part of the article seems confusing? Thank you for your input.
Article in question: IAM or YAM as YHWH?