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God is Omniscient

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Sermon shared by Matthew Kratz

July 2008
Summary: God knows: What we do, What we think and What we say
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Audience: General adults
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of lordship. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.)
• Perhaps you notice in the spelling of this word the word science. The conflict between science and religion is a strange thing. The battles have been numerous and fierce, causing some to divorce science from faith.
• I would encourage everyone to go see the new movie starting Ben Stein called Expelled. The overview of the movie describes that:
“Ben realizes that he has been “Expelled,” and that educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired – for the “crime” of merely believing that there might be evidence of “design” in nature, and that perhaps life is not just the result of accidental, random chance”. http://www.expelledthemovie.com/movie_overview.php

R.C. Sproul described the relationship between Science, God and Omniscience:
“God is a God of knowledge. He is concerned with science, indeed, He invented science. The root word of science means simply “to know.” Science is the business of acquiring knowledge. …If God is truth, then all true knowledge tells us something about God Himself… All truth is ultimately God’s truth. This means that ultimately there can be no conflict between genuine science and the truth of God”. (R.C. Sproul. The Character of God. Vine Books. 1995. p. 66).

Poem: Someone once said on God’s nature:
There is nothing He does not know.
Though limitless the universe and gloriously grand,
He knows the eternal story of every grain of sand.
(MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Ps 139:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.)

But here it is His knowledge of the individual life that is particularly in view. In 1988 it was estimated that there were 5,000,000,000 people in the world. Yet God is intimately acquainted with each one. He knows all about every one of us. (MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Ps 139:1). Nashville: Thomas
Nelson.)

• God knows this morning if you really want to be here. If learning about Him is really interesting to you. If you are growing in faith or playing religious games. Everything is laid bare before Him.

Addressing the all-knowing God, the psalmist notes that he has been searched (Heb chaqar), which originally meant to dig, a word applied to the search for precious metals (Job 28:3) but here metaphorically used of a moral inquisition. (KJV Bible commentary. 1997, c1994 (1174). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.)
• He knows our words and deeds, thoughts and motives. He knows us inside out.
• When it is said that He has known me it means more than just intellectual awareness. It means knowing by relationship.

There are biblical passages that seem to say that there are things and people which God does not know but later learns, things which do not enter His mind or things which he forgets.

Matthew 25:12 [12]But he answered, ’Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ (ESV)
• It does not say that does not know what they have done.

When God spoke to Abraham after he was willing to sacrifice his son:
Genesis 22:12 [12]He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me." (ESV)
• The “now” in this verse relates to fulfillment in time. The “know” relates to evidence
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