What the Bible Teaches



Chapter 70

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Topic 10:   The fact that God is omniscient.

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POINT 10:   God knows everything. He is perfect in knowledge. His understanding is infinite.

      1 John 3:19-20 [19] This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence [20] whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

      Job 37:16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge?

      Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

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Topic 20:   What God knows.

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POINT 10:   He sees all that occurs in every place and keeps watch upon the just and the wicked.

      Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

      Ezekiel 8:12 He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, 'The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land.'"

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POINT 20:   God knows everything in nature, every star and every sparrow.

      Psalms 147:4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

      Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.

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POINT 30:   He watches all mankind and considers each person's works. He sees the ways of men, and He examines all each man's goings.

      Psalms 33:13-15 [13] From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; [14] from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth -- [15] he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.

      Proverbs 5:21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.

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POINT 40:   He knows all man's deeds and experiences.

      Psalms 139:2-3 [2] You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. [3] You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

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POINT 50:   He knows all man's words.

      Psalms 139:4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.

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POINT 60:   He knows all man's sorrows.

      Exodus 3:7 The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering."

   It seems sometimes as if He does not know man's sorrows. It must have seemed so sometimes to Israel in Egypt, but He did, and in time He proved it.

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POINT 70:   He understands all our motives. He understands our thoughts from a distance.

      Psalms 139:1-2 [1] O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. [2] You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

      1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

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POINT 80:   God's knowledge extends to minutest particulars.

      Matthew 10:29-30 [29] Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. [30] And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

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POINT 90:   God has always known everything that will ever happen.

      Acts 15:16-18 [16] 'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, [17] that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things' [18] that have been known for ages.

   Torrey's 1898 edition renders verse 18 as "Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world."

      Isaiah 46:9-10 [9] Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. [10] I make known the end from the begin- ning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.

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POINT 100:   God knows from the beginning what each individual man will do.

      1 Peter 1:20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

      Mark 13:32 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

      Matthew 20:17-19 [17] Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, [18] "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death [19] and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"

      Exodus 3:19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him.

      Acts 3:17-18 [17] Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. [18] But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, say- ing that his Christ would suffer.

      2 Kings 7:1-2 [1] Elisha said, "Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria." [2] The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, "Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?" "You will see it with your own eyes," answered Elisha, "but you will not eat any of it!"

      Psalms 41:9 Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.

      Galatians 1:15-17 [15] But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased [16] to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, [17] nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus.

      1 Peter 1:1-2 [1] ... To God's elect, ... [2] who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

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POINT 110:   The whole plan of the ages and each man's part in it has been known to God from all eternity.

      Ephesians 1:9-12 [9] And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, [10] to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment -- to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. [11] In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, [12] in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

      Ephesians 3:6, 8-9 [6] This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. ... [8] ... I am ... to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, [9] and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.

      Colossians 1:25-26 [25] I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness -- [26] the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.

   There are no afterthoughts with God. Well may we exclaim:

      Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

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