Knowing: Beginning of Knowledge

Before we get into the different elements of knowing, let’s talk about the idea of knowing in the Scripture.

1) Knowing between two intimate persons: Genesis tells us the Adam knew his wife. There is sexual reference here, but it also represents a knowing the is simply relational. To know someone like this is to get into the daily life that they live. And when you are the first two people created, there are not any options here.

2) Knowing as planned outcome or foreknowledge: This is a form of knowledge that is usually applied to God (Psalm 38:9, Amos 5:12, & Acts 1:24). It represents a sense of God being able to set a plan into motion and having information about humanity and the World that would not be available to Him if He was not God.

3) Knowing as a trusted outcome or hope: Here the writer has an outcome that is expected. This usually connected to themes of God’s faithfulness(Psalm 20:6, Hosea 6:6, & Romans 5:5)

4) Knowing as cognitive knowledge: (Daniel 7:19 & Romans 1:19) This is either a knowledge that you have or at least something you want to figure out. It’s all brain. No heart issue is really present when the word knowledge is used this way.

Knowledge as we want to encounter in this series can include some of these, but the one we will focus on is the form of trusted outcome and hope.

Here are the big questions. What do you trust to satisfy you? What do you trust to complete you? What do you trust to resurrect you?