“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58; see R.V. marg., Greek— was born).
The manifest misrepresentation of facts by “orthodox” expounders of this verse in widely published influential magazines, such as The Sunday School Times of Philadelphia, and the Moody Monthly of Chicago, is indeed serious. The Sunday School Times issued a cartoon by Dr. Pace, illustrating the burning bush with a picture of Jesus of Nazareth in the center, accompanying it with the now popular catch phrase—Jehovah of the Old Testament is Jesus of the New.” This conclusion was (and still is) based on the incident of the woman of Samaria and Christ at the well, the “write-up” for the occasion choosing John 4:26 in proof of their assertion that Jesus made claim to be the “I AM” of Exodus 3:14.
Any fair analysis of the incident between Jesus and the woman of the well will not bear the interpretation given to it by these self-styled “fundamentalists.” In verse 25, the woman spoke of the coming of the Messiah, and, in verse 26, Jesus said to her, “I that speak unto thee am he.” That the woman did not interpret His words as does The Sunday School Times is proved by what she said in verse 29—“Come see a man which told me all things which I did. Is not this the Christ?”
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Author: R. H. Judd
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Bible reference(s): Exo 3:14, John 8:58
Source: One God: God of the Ages (Oregon, IL: Restitution Herald, 1949).
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