As a Christian believer it is vital to our faith to understand what God reveals about Himself in scripture. Faith that is double-minded, blind, or misplaced is not what God desires. This is the first in a series exploring the ideas of God’s knowledge, His Core-being, the way it affects us, and why He is looking for someone to stand in the gap. It is my hope that these writings will inspire you to pray with greater awareness and to live with revitalized faith in Him. For it is in Him that we live, move, and have our being. That is what this study has done for me.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (Agape).–1 John 4:8
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love (Agape). Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.–1 John 4:16
…Love (Agape) does not demand (zeteo) its own way…1 Corinthians 13:5
God is Agape, and Agape does not demand its own way. God made changes for Ezekiel, Moses, Hezekiah, David, and more.
As many of you who read this blog may know, I DO believe that God does change His mind and that these instances in scripture were not a deceptive act or manipulative put-on in order to get a desired effect (feel free to read previous posts). These men believed that when they prayed, God changed His mind. That is what they wrote as being the truth for them. That is what the Holy Spirit allowed them to write down, and theologians have been trying to explain it away ever since. I studied the intercessions of Moses extensively for two years but never wrote much about it (actually I’ve written gobs on it, but haven’t posted much of it). I also pondered many other passages that relate to God changing His mind. I also studied passages that seemed to say otherwise. For the sake of brevity, I chose to write only about the simple passage in Ezekiel 4 where Zeke protested and God acquiesced.
As I continued to read the many accounts in scripture where God changed His mind, I also saw that He felt regret over his choices, that He came down to Sodom in order to see if the reports were really true, that He sent angels at different times to gather information, that He tested men to see what they knew and what they would do, that He declared to Abraham, “NOW, I know”, that He searched hearts in real time to see what was in them, that He asked non-rhetorical questions like “Will I find faith when I return?, that He declares, “I never knew you”, I could go on and on. Wow, what a strange list…BUT WAIT!
Why would an Omniscient, all-knowing God need to do these things? If God possesses ALL knowledge, EVERY POSSIBLE TYPE of knowledge that can be known about everyone, anyone, or anything (that is Omniscience and nothing less), then why does the bible use the word “ginosko” when He says, Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’–Matt. 7:23 It’s impossible to be utterly, entirely omniscient and not know or “ginosko” someone. Some may say, “Well, ginosko can sometimes be interpreted as a different type of knowledge; it can be personal knowledge”. That’s right…And it is still ginosko; it’s knowledge. Omniscience doesn’t come in a qualified form; either you have it ALL, or you don’t. Besides, omniscience is intimate and personal: It knows all thoughts, all intents, the number of hairs on your head. Don’t be alarmed by this! This will become beautiful! Not only did He not “ginosko” someone, but He is trying to reveal something to us about Himself through all these passages. He says, “I NEVER knew you”. Never means He didn’t foreknow or pre-ginosko this one. You might be saying, “That’s not a proper application”. Really? Hold that thought. It’s about to get good. End of Part 1.