Know the Lord

1Samuel 3:7: Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.

magic-461280_640God promised that those who seek him will find him if they seek him with all their hearts (Jeremiah 29:13). But it takes time, nay eternity, to fully know God. I am sure that Enoch who walked with God for 300 years still had more things to know about God at the end of it, before he was no more (Genesis 5:21-24).

Knowing the lord is a lifelong pursuit. It is a devotion beyond all others. Look at Paul saying of Jesus: that I may know him and the power of his resurrection being made conformable to his death (Philippians 3:10). That is an aspect of the knowledge of God that he wanted to pursue.

But, there are thing God hides from us because he believes that we do not need them at that time. Before he died on the cross Jesus told his disciples that there are many things he wished he could tell them then but they could not bear them, so he hides those things from them (John 16:12-15).

He said that when the Holy Spirit comes, then he will teach them hose things. He believes the Holy Spirit can communicate those truth better than he could. With the Holy Spirit, they would be led to a different understanding than what they had before. They will be better able to reason along with God the Holy Spirit in them helping them.

When Jesus said those words to them, the Holy Spirit was not within them yet, therefore their capacity to understand spiritual things was severely limited.  But with the coming of the Holy Spirit our capacity to know God, even though we are men, became virtually unlimited.

In the first chapter of the book of Acts when the disciples asked a question: will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:4-8)? With the way Jesus answered them, it showed they were not thinking at his thought wavelength. It was understandable because at that time the Holy Spirit had not come.

They thought that now that Jesus had died and risen from the dead, and with their confidence back it was time for Jesus to be king for real and free them from the Roman, for him to be who they wanted him to be. They did not know that Jesus was frying a bigger fish than that, that his was an eternal viewpoint. Their understanding was limited.

Coming with the mind grid the Pharisees had built into them, they could not rightly define the moment, see things the way God sees them.

They could not walk with God, know him, without the Holy Spirit coming into them. Jesus had to instruct them to stay in one place, until they take delivery of the Holy Spirit. He told them: it is not for you to know the times and seasons in which the father has put into his own power.

That indicated the fact that there are some knowledge that are beyond our pay grade. God will not tell you everything in the world. He tells you things on a need-to-know basis. Even though you have the capacity to know more than that, that capacity is not fully unleashed, until we get to heaven, based on the wisdom of God.

Jesus took Peter, James and John aside. After he was transfigured before them, with Elijah and Moses appearing and a voice from heaven saying this is my beloved son hear him, he asked them to keep the information secret even from the other apostles (Mark 9:1-10), till he was raised up from the dead.

When he was raised up and they remembered what he said long before it, they recognised he was in control all along, even on the cross. To the cross took on new meaning. While for the rest of Israel it was a symbol of shameful death, the disciple realised that for Jesus it was a vehicle of glorious transition.

The degree to which you can please a person is how much you are close to him, how well you know him. A walk of faith is about coming closer and closer to God. It brings us away from the outer court to the holy place then to the holy of holies.

In the Old Testament the holy of holies was only opened to the high priest and that once a year, showing that the way there, to the very presence of God, was closed (Hebrews 9:5-8). But with the death of Jesus a significant thing happened, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom (Matthew 27:50-51). The limit between the relationship between God and man was removed, the two can now come into full embrace. Now we can know the riches of his glory (Colossians 1:26-27), we can know as we are known (1Corinthians 13:12).

The bible says: let us know the Lord, let us go on to know the Lord (Hosea 6:3). Know that the limit has been removed from knowing God, we now have a wide expanse of land to explore and since Jesus has given us a free ticket to heaven on the bill of his blood, even after we leave the earth, heaven will be a place where we continue to explore more landscape of divine knowledge, assisted by the angels, and removed from the limitation of the flesh.

Because of the limitation of the flesh, the bible says that we groan so that we might pull it off, and more than that, to be clothed with a new one (2Corinthians :5:1-10), with new capabilities, including mental capabilities.

There are 66 books in the bible and individually and together they weave a picture of God. They become a gateway into an experience of him. They are not him but they lead to him (John 5:39).

Peter said that his point of attraction to Jesus was the words that he speaks (John 6:68). While many may think that words are just vibrations and articulation with the vocal cord, the bible regards words and a tool of transformation and liberation.

It is the means through which God revealed himself and when God would fully reveal himself to man, it was as God the word (John 1:1-4).  The bible says that the Word became flesh and dwelled among us, and we beheld his glory as the only begotten of the father full of grace and truth (John 1:14). From the word emanates grace and truth, grace to power our lives and truth to shape it aright.

From the Word we have the wisdom and the power of God (1Corinthians 1:24), both of which are descriptive of the Jesus the living Word. Wisdom is the truth applied and power is grace amplified, to crush the opposition resulting in our elevation.

The word makes it possible for the capacity of God to be replicated in man, in whose image man was made (Genesis 1:26-28), since the Word was God. When the word is in you, God is in you, controlling you and strengthening you.


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