And God spoke all these words: "I am the Lord your God, who brought out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery." Exodus 20: 1-2 (New International Version)
As God begins to reveal the covenant stipulations that are to define the relationship of His people to Him, the Lord defines who He is: "I AM." This language would not have been lost on Moses, who had asked for the name of the Lord, and this was God's response. It is a vivid reminder that Yahweh (the Hebrew high name for God) quite simply is. The first commandments that relate to Him specifically take their meaning for these first words.
Unfortunately, God's people quickly forgot the promises they had made, as well as the One to whom they had made their pledge. On the one had, it was easy to hear the overflowing blessings that wound come through covenant faithfulness, and ignore the curses from disobedience. On the other hand, it should have been clear that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was ever present in the midst of His people, and lip-service would never be enough.
We would do well to remember these words in 2020. The great I AM is still with us, the same as ever. His loving-kindness is without end, but He equally disciplines those who are disobedient. We fall into the same trap as ancient Israel when it comes to God's love. We read about the depth of God's love and focus on that, neglecting the fact that we must believe if we are to be true beneficiaries of that love expressed through His Son.