God All Knowing
Tuesday, February 22
I am a Christian and my friend and I were having a discussion on God being all knowing (supported by Scripture). Beginning in Genesis 3:9 God has questions for Adam. Genesis 3:11,13 more questions. Genesis 4:6, Genesis 4:9,10.
Can you please explain why God was asking these questions if he already knew what Adam and Eve and Cain had done?
This also lead us to have a discussion about prayer and if God is all knowing why should we pray for intervention? or should we pray for intervention?
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well, praise God that i do not know everything, otherwise i would inflate my head so much to float about. But thank you for your kind words.
however, a good start is Deuteronomy 29:29 "The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law."
God was asking all those question not for Himself (He knew the answer just too well for His Omniscience) but these were for them to show that there is no running away from God.
God has not revealed to us everything, only what we need and that we are to put into practice, also "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Rom 11:33 AV)
Matthew Henry said this about prayer: "When God wants to bless His people with something, He set them apraying for that very thing". And His command is that we shall pray for everything even for His intervention, notwithstanding the fact that He had already predisposed for that even before the world ever was. Remember Deu 29:29, for he is God.
Yes, God is Omniscient (knowing all things) otherwise He would not be God, by definition, and Yet He wants us to go through these experience so that we may grow up to the stature of Christ and experientially knowing that He is the Lord of everything, even our body, soul and spirit, 1Co 4:7 so that we will give Him ALL the Glory. Christ Himself went through similar process to learn obedience: "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;" (Heb 5:8 AV)
He knows everything, but we do not, that is the difference and all these things are for our benefit: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose." (Rom 8:28 AV)
Another example, why go evangelising when God knows very well whom He has elected to salvation and those will surely be saved??
Because our primary function is to OBEY Him FIRST: Bringing the Gospel to the world is secondary to obey Him: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man." (Ecc 12:13 AV)
my answer: Just OBEY God.
be well RaeAnn, in Him.
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