Omniscient God

Psalms 139 is the main source in the Bible for our theology on the omniscience of God, His being all knowing. This chapter says that He knows what I will say before I say it. Tonight I had a conversation with some friends about the Omniscience of God and a story in Genesis where God asks Abraham to offer up his only son, Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham goes ahead with the sacrifice taking Isaac to the place God calls for, ties him up, puts him on a pile of wood on an alter, and is about to kill him when God stops him with these words in Genesis 22:12 “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” So the passage says, “for now I know you fear God” which would suggest that before this act of obedience on the part of Abraham that God didn’t know what was in Abraham’s heart. Also in Hebrews 4:15 it says “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” This passage suggests that Jesus sympathizes with us because He now fully understands us, when before this He didn’t. Also in Hebrews 2:17 it says “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” This verse says that Jesus becoming like us in every way is what trained Him to be able to be a merciful priest. I tend to take scripture for it’s obvious meaning, and not try to bend it to fit with another passage or my theology. But the main point of these passages isn’t about what God knows or doesn’t know, it is about the great price that He was willing to pay in order for us to live with Him for all eternity.

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