I Was Just Thinking About - DIVINE QUESTIONS.
One of the major truths we learn about God pertains to His non-communicable attributes - Omnipotence (God is unlimited in what He can do and He does all things); Omnipresence - (God is everywhere present at the same time); Immutability - (God does not change and is the same always); and Omniscience - (God knows all things about all things as well as knowing everyone). It is His Omniscience that we consider today. Since God knows all there is to know about everyone and everything, why are there so many questions in Scripture that are posed by God to both individuals and groups?
One illustration of this is the first question posed by God in Scripture. It occurs following the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Prior to their disobedience, they would enjoy fellowship with God in the cool of the evening. After they had disobeyed, the anticipation of fellowship with God was altered and their eagerness was now fear. Genesis 3:8-9 indicates: “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him: Where are you?” Just pause and think about how piercing these words were for them both - Where are you? God knew exactly where they were and what they had done that caused them to want to hide from Him. Two additional questions by God quickly follow in Genesis 3:11, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The excuses offered by Adam and Eve were ineffective. They had disobeyed God and that fractured the fellowship they had been experiencing with Him each day. Sin - Disobedience - has a way of doing that with all people from that point forward.
On another occasion, Jesus Christ poses a question to His disciples in terms of His authenticity - Matthew 16:13-20. His Question: (V.13) “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The disciples respond (V.14): “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” While that is the general conversation in public, Jesus has a particular question for His disciples: (V.15) “But who do you say that I am?” Peter (V.16) responds (almost blurts out that which he truly believed): “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” The question for you is: Who is Jesus Christ in terms of what you believe and why? Is Peter’s confession your confession? What is your relationship to Jesus Christ? Have you come to the place where you know for certain that if you were to die today you would enter God’s heaven? What if you did die today and you stood in the presence of God and He said to you: “Why should I let you into My heaven?” - What would you say? These are questions that deserve an answer from you - today!
Prayerfully - consider these things with me.