Self

It will be remembered that when the mission of Moses was about to commence, he sought to fortify himself in authority by asking the question, "Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 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." The name I AM signifies the only self-existence or the only ego. Mankind constantly refers to his personal sense of self as I, using what is called the first person singular to describe himself, but in reality he has no right to such an appellation, as there can be but one First Person, namely the infinite Person or God, and for mortal man to assume such a title in all seriousness is to take the name of God in vain—to attempt to arrogate to one's self the sole prerogative of the Almighty, and consequently bring himself into conflict with the First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Yet mortal man has continued to hug the delusion that his physical person is the image and likeness of God, and that he is therefore entitled to speak of himself as I.

It was by this name I AM that God confirmed the ambassadorship of Moses and revealed himself to the children of Israel, and further identified himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. To the Israelites, in bondage to a heathen nation which worshiped images of wood and stone made by the hands of men, the title of the self-existent One was all that was required, and by it Moses was accepted henceforth as the spokesman of God by all those who remembered and obeyed the teachings handed down to them, teachings which were obeyed by them from generation to generation.

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