â€œDonâ€™t lay a hand on the boyâ€ the angel said. â€œDo not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from Me even your son, your only son.â€ Genesis 22:12
â€œNow I know?â€
Question? Didnâ€™t God almighty already know this?
This passage was in a recent quiet time of mine and, like many times before, I just took those three words at face value,
â€œNow I knowâ€
But they always troubled me. Who is this for? Why does the angel say this to Abraham?
â€œNow I knowâ€
God already knew. This isnâ€™t new knowledge for the omniscient God. He knew before it ever happened.
He knew before Abraham even had a son,
before even Abraham,
before the creation of the world. God knew this. So why does He say this?
For Abraham. This wasnâ€™t about knowledge. God already had thatâ€”has always had that. Abraham proved over and over again that God was in his head too. Abraham had vast knowledge of God and his ways.
But did he understand? A lot of people have knowledge and it makes no difference at all. Knowledge can remain in the head.
So what was God saying?
He was saying to Abraham, â€œYouâ€™ve passed the test. now youâ€™re ready!â€
Understanding is different. Understanding can activate a personâ€™s passion. Understanding means an important transfer has taken place. The knowledge has moved form the brain to the heart and now weâ€™re getting somewhere.
When that baton is passed, watch out! Great things are about to happen for Godâ€™s glory!
PS Read that passage again, s-l-o-w-l-y. It was the angel speaking, not God. Could it be that our lives are even a lesson to the millions upon million of angels in heaven?
People are watching.
Sobering, isn’t it?