This article establishes from Scripture that God alone establishes the covenant between him and his people. It also explains how the Lord often chooses people most unlikely to succeed on their own. It goes on to show how an understanding of God’s initiative helps us to appreciate the meaning of his revealed name, Yahweh, and how also the Lord Jesus applied the name to himself. In Christ the reality of the covenant finds its fulfillment and perfection.
This paper considers the significance of Yahweh revealing himself as "I am" in Exodus 3:13-14. Jesus' use of a similar expression to refer to himself a number of times is read in the light of Exodus 3.