Friday, February 27, 2009

What Does God Know? (Old Testament)

1 Samuel 2:3. . .the LORD is a God of knowledge. . .
What does God know? What does the Bible say? I searched the Bible for words containing 'know', this included 'knoweth', 'knowing', 'knows', 'knowledge'. This search came back with over 1300 verses. I then looked at each verse to see if it was God who was doing the knowing. It was a very fascinating and powerful study for me.  

Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
1. God knows that we will be changed by the knowing of good and evil.

Genesis 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
2. God knows the future.
Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
3. God knows how we will raise our children and keep our household.
Genesis 18:21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
4. God inquires of and knows the truth of a situation.
Genesis 20:6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
5. God knows when our intentions are good.
Genesis 22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
6. God knows by our actions, what our attitude is toward Him.
Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
7. God knows and is intimately aware of our saddness and sorrow.
Exodus 4:14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
8. God knows the abilities of men.
Exodus 33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
9. God knows and is familiar with those who pray to Him.
Deuteronomy 2:7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.
10. God knows of, is with, and continues to provide for His people during their time in the wilderness and dry areas.
Deuteronomy 31:21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I swore.
11. God knows the ungodly secrets of our heart.
Joshua 22:22 The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth, and Israel he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD, (save us not this day,)
12. God knows the truth of a matter despite all outward appearances.
2 Samuel 7:20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant.
13. God knows everything about his servants, our weaknesses and our strengths. He knows us in our proud moments and in our shame.
2 Kings 19:27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.
14. God knows everything about those who don't recognize Him.
Job 10:7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.
15. God knows our makeup and that He alone controls our fate.
Job 11:11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
16. God knows intimately desolate and corrupt men.
Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
17. God knows the path that we choose for ourselves.
Job 28:22-23 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. (23) God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
18. God knows how everything fits together. The evil in the world only has a tiny hint of what is going on.
Job 34:24-25 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead. (25) Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
19. God knows the mighty and powerful men. He holds them accountable for their actions.
Psalms 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
20. God knows both the eternal, unending path of the saints and the final destination of the corrupt.
Psalms 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
21. God knows our misery and affliction. He goes these times with us.
Psalms 37:18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever.
22. God knows the span of the saints from birth to death. When the last testament of their Father is allocated, their blessings will never end.
Psalms 40:9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
23. God knows that I could have taken the easy way out, but I spoke the truth without regard for myself.
Psalms 44:20-21 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; (21) Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
24. God knows the times He wasn't foremost in our mind and when we opened ourselves to ungodly things.
Psalms 50:10-11 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. (11) I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
25. God knows every creature of the earth. He owns all of them.
Psalms 69:5, 19 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. (19) Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor: mine adversaries are all before thee.
26. God knows my stupidity and wrong thinking. I am naked before you. Nothing covers my shame.
Psalms 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
27. God knows me. I am not a mere face in the crowd. I will give birth to a great love and adoration for Him.
Psalms 94:11-12 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. (12) Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;
28. God knows the emptiness and foolishness of the untaught man's thoughts.
Psalms 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
29. God knows our origins. He knows how we are built. He knows how we were originally created from mud. He is greatly aware of our humble beginnings.
This whole passage is so beautiful, I include it. . .
Psalms 103:11-17 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. (12) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (13) Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. (14) For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. (15) As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. (16) For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. (17) But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
In verse 13 the translated 'pitieth' seems to me to poorly convey the thought of this passage. I do not pity my children. I pity a beggar by the side of the road for whom there is no hope of rescue by me. No, a father has not pity, but greatly abundant tenderness and affection for his children, as does God have such feelings for those who hold Him in high reverence. . .
Psalms 139:2,4 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. (4) For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
30. God knows my every action. You are completely aware of both my contemplation and my actions. Nothing about me is a surprise to you.
Isaiah 66:16, 18 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. (18) For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.
31. God knows the actions of the ungodly peoples. He has tried through His Spirit (fire) and through the Word of God (being the sword of the Spirit) to show and convince them to change their ways, but many will ignore until the very end, when it is too late. . .when God reveals Himself.
Jeremiah 12:3 But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee. . .
32. God knows us through our actions in times of testing.
Jeremiah 18:23 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay me: . .
33. God knows all the talking and secret planning of our enemies.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
34. God knows His own wonderful love and blessings for us. He knows the plan He has for us, that is a plan of love and beauty and grace.
Jeremiah 48:30 I know his wrath, saith the LORD; but it shall not be so; his lies shall not so effect it.
35. God knows the proud words of those who hate us. He knows of the evil plans against us and He will disrupt them.
Ezekiel 11:5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.
36. God knows every idle and sinful thought that we think.
Ezekiel 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
37. God knows things beyond our ability to understand.
Daniel 2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
38. God knows what to our eyes is hidden from view.
Hosea 13:5 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.
39. God knows your needs. He remembers you though you see nothing around you, but rock and sand.
Amos 3:2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
40. God knows the believers above everyone else. He has blessed the believers above everyone else, therefore He also holds us to greater accountability.
Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
41. God knows those who put their hope in Him, those who confide in Him, those who look to Him for their place of safety and rescue. . . their salvation.
This is such a powerful passage. Verse 7 especially lifts me up:
Nahum 1:2-10 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. (3) The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. (4) He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. (5) The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. (6) Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. (7) The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. (8) But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. (9) What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. (10) For while they be folded together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.
Never lose hope. No matter what the appearances may be, the Lord is there for you.
Zechariah 14:7-9 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. (8) And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. (9) And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one
42. God knows the day of His plan's culmination. It will be a specific day, a most particular day of illumination, a day without shadow. All seasons will be covered, the season of harvest as well as the season of dormancy will be restored by this non-destructive refreshing flow of life giving water. This living water, the Spirit of God will flow covering all the earth, all time from the former. . .the earlier, to the hinder. . .the later, from the east to the west. The light will be everywhere. No shadow of darkness will be found. . .He will reign revealed and unveiled everywhere as the One True God of all the universe. . .


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