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October 8, 2020 2:00 am
God knows everything about our lives, and that means we can have a deep intimacy with Him. Join Skip as he reveals more about God's omniscience in the message "The God Who Knows-It-All!"
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God knows the past and the present also knows the future. This is important because it's the basis of all predictive prophecy.
Sometimes we go to the Bible I am, me assuming prophecies given were were God to a prophet predicts an event that will happen hundred 200,000 years before it happened as a possible once you understand at least in part, agree with this attribute of God is omniscient to go get it any God that can be said to know it almost certainly didn't know the future if you knew the future well actually know someone who has that knowledge today on connect with skip-Skip remind you about all God knows everything and shares what you can put all your trust in the Institute after the message and Skip and his wife would share how you can cultivate authenticity in relationship with God to grow closer to honesty leads to a mercy for other people who are imperfect as well get out. Spurgeon said that there's nothing that I wouldn't pour under the years of a loving God's heart I pray about everything because I can-anything from be sure to stay with us after today's message to her the full discussion right now to tell you about a resource that will help you get a fuller picture of God's character and nature so you can draw closer to him. Thomas Jefferson Martin Luther King Jr. Winston Churchill CS Lewis. All are outstanding men with amazing life stories in all of history one biography stands out above the rest. I'm excited to announce the release of my new book, the biography of God which gives an in-depth look at God's character and nature, diving into the theological and personal profile of our heavenly father, I invite you on a journey to search the Scriptures to discover who God is and how sensitive he is to the human condition. This process will both lift you up and humble you to get your copy of my newest book, the biography of God Skip to book is our thanks when you give $35 or more today to help keep this ministry only air, call 800-922-1888, or give online securely connectwithskip.com/offer now join Skip today's teaching in Psalm chapter 139 we have a fear of being exposed.
Most people do part of human nature which is interesting because we live in an age that is the information age. Their surveillance cameras everywhere. Even here at church. You can bug a person's room.
What you say this morning could be on YouTube this afternoon.
You can be exposed quickly to the entire world or what you feel like when in a restaurant, you suddenly realize somebody's been staring at you from that table you get uneasy you have no qualms about staring at other people. But when you discover that you are being stared at it embarrasses you is we want privacy we don't like that exposure so here's David personally coming to grips with the God who searches him and knows everything about him with full examination. How do you deal with that kind of God.
How do you deal with the God of Hebrews 413 declares there is no creature hidden from his site. All things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account you how to relate to him but he bluntly don't try to pull the wool over his eyes. You can't hide anything from so don't try to pull a con job off on God you be really honest because he knows you anyway. I had about a little guy was losing his hearing. He went to a doctor and got a hearing aid and came back to weeks later and the doctor.
These hearing aids are so good I can hear conversations in the next room.
The doctors illustrate amateur families really happy that you you can hear the old man smiled that I haven't told any of them yet. He said you know what dock in two weeks.
I change my will to times. He started all he knows what they're saying. That's God's knowledge stated he knows it all. He is omniscient.
Let's get a little more in depth in verse two David further personalizes it. This is God's knowledge studied. That's something I didn't point out yet in the pronouns that he uses to speak about God you have searched me. You know my sitting down in my rising up. You understand. In the Hebrew grammar it's put in the emphatic position as if David is saying this is an attribute. Nobody else has. It is unique to you. Only you have all this knowledge and I was a kid I swore my mom had all this knowledge, or that God had been talking to my mom about me because I couldn't believe how much she knew about me. I tried to hide stuff from her. She heard me whisper. She knew where I was when I thought she didn't. That's just an insightful mother that's different from this. David realizes God uniquely has omniscient notice. You know my sitting down and my rising up. God is aware of the slightest movement you make, and he's interested in the slightest movement you make that might come as a surprise to you, one hand yes you believe God knows that you think does God really care. Can I watch this. Look at verse 17 how precious noticed how precious also are your thoughts to me. Oh God, how great is the sum of them if I should count them they would be more in number than the sand when I awake, I'm still with you if you ever had somebody say to you may be at church this morning. Hey see if I had been thinking about you a lot lately, God would say that to you this morning I've been thinking about you all a lot. How precious are your thoughts. There are 6.7 billion people right now living on our earth.
God is aware of every one of their movements, motions, time to get up time they sit down or lay down to rest and is interested in each one. Put put personally God saw you yesterday when you were worshiping him all alone in that room or in your car. God heard those encouraging words you gave to that worker or family member or think of it this way. God saw you yell at your wife this morning God heard what you said at the gym to that guy or gal this week. Everything hide nothing from Proverbs 5 the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths. I heard about a preacher who had a CB radio love this thing. Let us listen to the truckers as they went through town and a trucker was going through town trying to get a hold of a prostitute in that town that he knew about was unsuccessful and the trucker said well I'm sorry you couldn't hear me, I'll see you next time I come through preacher got on the radio and said she may not of heard you, but God did was a long silence by the truck driver said man I knew the CB radio had could range, but I do know is that good is if it beamed all the way to heaven that need to God was there preacher was right.
God heard it all. David continues here studying God's omniscience.
You understand my thoughts far off or better translated God. You know what I think before I even think it before those electrical and chemical signals were transmitted at the synapse of the neuron you knew it ever had a weird thought come in your mind were that thought come from God knows is probably the only one that does what this means to us is this God knows what you really feel that's what you say God knows what you really feel God knows what you really believe about him what your real worldview is God knows where you stand with your real opinions are now look at verse three all the way to verse five. You comprehend my path and my lying down. These are opposites in Hebrews 1 is a place you walk on other is a place you lay down these opposites are described your acquainted with all my ways.
There's not a word on my tongue, but behold all Lord you know it all together you've hedged me behind and before again to opposites are described and you have laid your hand on me now. The idea of this construction in verses three through five expresses completeness and it could be translated at all times or in every moment, God's knowledge of me personally is not just every movement not just every motive, but at all times of the day. 2470 didn't take a nap. He didn't take a vacation he's never caught unaware he knows it all times so God knows the past and the present, but he also knows the future. This is important because it's the basis of all predictive prophecy. Sometimes we go to the Bible. I'm amazed are so many prophecies given were regard to a profit predicts an event that will happen hundred 200,000 years before it happened is that possible once you understand at least in part, agree with this attribute of God he's omniscient and you go get it any God that can be said to know it almost certainly didn't know the future and can call it into existence because this is true God can announce 150 years before the man was even born.
That Cyrus by name written in Isaiah chapter 40 fibers one through three will come and deliver the Jews after the Babylonian captivity unit born for hundred 50 years when it was written.
That is why Daniel can predict the succession of world governing kingdoms from Babel and Medo Persia, Greece, to Rome for whatever happened.
It's of Zechariah in chapter 9 can say the Messiah will enter Jerusalem on a donkey. That's why the Bible can announce is to be a rapture in the tribulation and the millennial kingdom and judgment seat of Christ and judgment seat. The great white throne and the eternal state of the new heaven and new earth way before it ever happens.
God knows the future, simply because God controls the future.
So this whole idea that God doesn't know all things is a lie.
There's teaching called open theism were finite theism. The guy doesn't know all things I mentioned okay here's a verse that flies right in the face of that business, Ephesians 111 God works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will that you have two things in mesh the sovereignty of God. The omniscience of God brought together in a nutshell.
God knows the future because God controls the future and everything's done.
Accordingly well I want to end by what I think is most important part of that is verse five and six.
This is not God's knowledge stated or even studied but surrendered to the best part verse five. You have hedged me behind and before and you laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me. It is high I cannot attain it. I will tell you that there's a number of commentators and even Bible translators that look at verse five and they see it as sort of a nice sweet God nestling his children. They picture the idea and even translated here.
We are held by God and God is surrounding us on all sides nicely nestled I don't necessarily think that's the meaning I agree with the Bible knowledge commentary that says these first six verses describe the process.
David coming to grips with the God who knows everything about him. In verse five would indicate that he admits he has trouble with this doctrine. At first, as if to say, well, God, if you know everything that means I'm hedged in. I'm trapped in a prisoner of state your charge. You know the future. So I feel sort of like trapped by your sovereign omniscience delivered that stated by people I have ever people say well if Jesus said, your heavenly father knows what you need before you ask him then why should we ask him why should we pray about anything of God already has sovereignty and is omniscient and knows what we need before we ask why bother praying. That's a very dim view of prayer is prayer is a whole lot more than giving got a wish list.
Imagine a parent and the child. What a relationship something like this. They never saw each other never communicated said once a year. The child gave mom and data Christmas list.
You know every parent loves when a child is phones home just calls to talk to splits at lunch or just hang out. How are you doing there's a relationship there. And so it could be that in verse 5 David Is Working His Way through that rather than feeling that he's a prisoner of fate in verse six and another verses. He's a worshiper of the father, for he says such knowledge is too wonderful for me already translate that this is the NSV. The new Skip version ready wow that's his reaction response to what he discovers about God, wow. This is like fuse blowing should I think about it too long to blow a fuse. It's too high. I cannot attain within look at the end of verse 23 search me oh God, and know my heart that the prairies inviting God to know more, even though that's not possible, trying me and know my anxieties see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting God, I don't get it.
I can wrap my mind around and I'll blow a fuse trying to figure this out. So I just surrendered to search know me, lead me directly. That's where we are to leave off in our dealing with God. I tell you something you may want to write it down.
I wrote it down.
Just remember it. In summing up this section. This would lead me to sense God's ability transcends my reality. It's best for me to bow at his immensity. Let me break that down God's ability is always greater than your reality. If you think you can go to some theological school or school of ministry or get a PhD in something walk out holding the diploma and say I know everything there is to know about God then you're dumber than we thought. It is impossible you will have to come to a point where you say, I've reached a saturation point of reached the limit. I don't completely get it.
There's a mystery to our faith that is precious and what you do at that point you leave off God's ability is greater than my reality. So the best thing is to bow before his immensity. God is always greater than our present knowledge of him to of God was small enough for your brain. You would be big enough for your needs.
There's an element that makes God God and if you understood all there is about God you'd be God and this is one of those attributes that is so God about God.
He knows everything in Davidson's search me know me tests me lead it into worship. That's where it should end with us on a leave you three things this morning and summing this up. I want you to personalize this since God knows everything God knows the worst about us now following her, don't lose me in any human relationship or most human relationships there is a fear that two people have in getting to know each other.
The fear is that when that person really knows who I really am the reject me is what he put on our best face and maximum nice as to win them over, and hopefully after a period of time that will overshadow what they'll really find out about me when the skeleton tumbles out of the closet with you live your relationship like that you'll never be free to be real so you never know if you really love for who you are not the fear people have a listen. God knows the worst about you and loves you anyway I hope that's is liberating to you as it is to me is liberating someone of three God knows our frame and remembers there were but dust. What expectations would anybody have from dust. I expect a lot out of this dirt since quality dust. God knows you and he knows me knows the worst about us because he's all-knowing and he loves you anyway.
That's number one number two since God knows everything God knows the best about us going is the best about us. Sometimes you do your best and it goes unnoticed, or you do your best and you fail and when you fail doing your best. Others may see it and didn't get the whole picture. They don't understand the motive and they criticize you and they say this and that about you. God knows the whole truth is the best about and Peter was content with that because he failed Jesus after the resurrection member the story John 21 Jesus the Peter to love me. Yeah, again, Jesus at Peter you love me, third time. Let me remember what he said Lord you know all things and you know that I love you. That's where he left it you know you know my heart and of the best. My heart first.
John tells us of our heart condemns us. God is greater than our heart and he knows things so since God knows everything. He knows the worst about you, loves you anyway knows the best about you knows was really deep inside your heart. There's 1/3 and final thing to me this is the best since God knows everything he knows what he's gonna make you into you not done yet you're still in the oven you're still in process.
God sees your imperfections, but he also sees the finished product Bible uses a beautiful word for this, for we are his workmanship, your work of art. All you see is the blob on the canvas. The artist sees the finished work. That's what is taking this is probably no scene and no better place than Romans chapter 8 verse 29. Are you all know Romans 828, right shoulder and Romans 820 never heard that verse memorize a verse, God works all things together except it's unfortunate that we have memorize that to the exclusion of the very next verse does listen to this truth. Verse 29 of Romans eight for those that God's for new were new about in advance.
He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his son and those he predestined he also called and those he called he also justified and those he justified he also glorified military something you're not yet glorified either my ass. My wife, but God is so sure that one day I will be glorified. He writes about it like it's a done deal because he knows everything and knowing everything you knows worse about it. The best about any knows where he's going to take.
I love that bumper sticker to say that you'll finish it says Christians are perfect just forgiven. I did Mimi put that on your car and go 90 miles an hour but it is true were in process is restating then wraps escape six message from the series the biography of God. Now you Skip as they share about how you can cultivate authenticity.
A new relationship with God to grow closer to him.
Today we learn that God knows every bad ass even are very, but sometimes when we got to him to wear spiritual math to cover up what's really going on.
Skip how can honesty and authenticity take our relationship to God, to a whole another level. You better. That passage inscribed in Hebrews. This is all things are naked and open before the eyes of the one that we must give an account to and I guess just knowing that that he knows it all. Anyway, I think that's transforming in and of itself. That should sorta change how we relate to God because that leads to honesty and that kind of honesty leads to purity and then I would say that kind of honesty leads to a mercy for other people who who are imperfect as well. You know, Spurgeon said that there's nothing that I wouldn't pour into the years of a loving God site I pray about everything because I can hide anything from them anyway and I just want to say that there is a problem with a lot of us with shame that we don't want to reveal ourselves because a shaman it's such a lie. And Adam and Eve. They were naked and ashamed where they had been naked. Previous to that, and they weren't ashamed and and sometimes shame gets into the mix and then and that's really what prevents us so we just need to be so honest with God because he knows it. Anyway, he sees it anyway and he loved us. He loved us before you know when we are great sinners, Thanksgiving, lagniappe well. We hope this conversation encouraged him and right now to tell you how you can help keep these teachings do not care for you and encourage others by connecting them to Jesus who can help make that happen to your gift today which you enjoy coming to you right now, 819 to 18.
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