A Real Understanding of AHAYAH

On August 3, 2014, in The Name, by Milton Carnes

The exact term (אהיה and ואהיה) "AHAYAH" appears within Scripture 55 times outside of Exodus 3:14. Here are a few of them

1. Genesis 26:3
2. Genesis 31:3
3. Exodus 3:12
4. Exodus 4:12
5. Exodus 4:15
6. Deuteronomy 31:23
7. Joshua 1:5
8. Joshua 3:7
9. Judges 6:16
10. 2 Samuel 15:34
11. 1 Chronicle 17:13
12. 1 Chronicles 28:6
13. Jeremiah 24:7
14. Jeremiah 30:22
15. Jeremiah 32:38
16. Ezekiel 11:20
17. Ezekiel 36:28
18. Ezekiel 37:23
19. Hosea 14:5
20. Zechariah 8:8

Ahayah is expressed in the form of the phrase "I Will Be." The first place "Ahayah" can be seen is in Genesis 26:3. It also appears in Exodus 3:12 before it appears in Exodus 3:14.

Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be (אהיה) with thee; and this shall be a token unto you, that I HAVE SENT YOU: When you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall serve Alahiym upon this mountain.

Verse 12 indicates the usage of "Ahayah" but Moses realized that this was not his name or even a name. This can be known because of the question Moses asked in verse 13.

When we get to Exodus 3:13, we have to be very careful in how we interpret Hebrew prose (writing style).

Verse 13 And Moses said unto Alahiym, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The Mighty One of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, what is his name? What shall I say unto them?

The Mighty One answers part of the question in verse 14 and then he answers part of the same question in verse 15. Notice in verse 14, he did not say that his name was Ahayah. Once again, Ahayah is also used in verse 12 but as the phrase "I Will Be."

Verse 14 And The Mighty One said unto Moses, I WILL BE That I WILL BE (relative clause) and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I WILL BE hath sent me unto you.

[15] And The Mighty One said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, YHWH The Mighty One of your fathers, The Mighty One of Abraham, The Mighty One of Isaac, and The Mighty One of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

An interesting side note: When the Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Greek, AHAYAH was not transliterated as a name but translated as the phrase "I Will Be."

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