Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, “I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: and I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” Exodus 6:6-7
But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay My hand upon Egypt, and bring forth Mine armies, and My people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth Mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. Exodus 7:4-5
I use two different text from my reading this morning for the purpose of this message…
The people of God need to know and believe that the LORD is their God before we can expect the world around us to know and believe it. So let’s start believing with our heart, our mind and our lives through our obedience to Him; not to gain His favor, but because we have His favor.
It is quite apparent to me that the LORD God wants all the world to know.
Repent people of God. Turn to Him and know Him. The world will one day know who He is, but do you know Him today. GOD has made it possible through the death of His Son Jesus on the cross, His burial, and bodily resurrection. Call on Him in repentant faith.
“If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.”
Philip saith unto Him, “Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.” Jesus saith unto him,
“Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou, ‘Shew us the Father?’ Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.” John 14:7-11
What can be said to help in understanding the words of Jesus? If you know Jesus you know the Father also. If you know the Father you know the Son. If you believe the Father you believe the Son. If You believe the Son you believe the Father.
If you see the Son you see the Father. If you see the works of Jesus You see the works of the Father. Believe Him.
And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it, saying,
“If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace, but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” Luke 19:41-44
O LORD, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches. Psalm 104:24
When the Lord came the first time many who knew the prophecies of His coming did not know Him when He arrived. Prideful of empty religion, their rules and wrong understanding of mercy and grace kept them from seeing “The Desire of Nations” (Haggai 2:7) when He visited them.
Has the Spirit of God visited you and you have not yielded to His drawing you to the Lord Jesus Christ. He went to the cross and lay Himself down on it; He died, was buried, and He rose again. He is speaking to you. Do not reject Him. Call on His name and be saved.
“At that time Jesus answered and said, ‘I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight. All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.’ ” Matthew 11:25-27
It is a blessed thing to know Jesus and the Father, His Father. If you know the Father you know the Son, who is Jesus Christ. If you know the Son you know the Father. You cannot know One and not know the other.
The Father reveals to those who will receive Him with that child like faith, that Jesus is the Son of God. The Son reveals the Father to those who receive Him.
Let me leave some references: 2 John verses 8-9; 1 John 5:1, 10-12.
You can say that you love God, believe in God, and shout it from the highest mountain, yet die in your sins and perish if you deny that Jesus is God Incarnate. He is of the Father, loved by the Father, and through Him we love the Father.
Jesus died for us, was buried, and He rose again. He loves you and is calling you to Himself. Repent of your sins calling on the name of Jesus and He will hear you and He will deliver you giving you eternal life.
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
He that saith, ‘I know Him,’ and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in Him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him.
He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1 John 2:1-6 (KJB)
“And they shall know that I am the LORD, that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.” Ezekiel 6:10 (KJB)
The phrase “…Shall know that I am the LORD” is used three other times in this chapter (vv. 6, 13, 14), and it is used at least 59 other times throughout the prophecy of Ezekiel. In chapter 6 it is directed toward the nation of Israel, and they are being reminded of why they are in captivity.
God will have His people know that He is the LORD. That should be a reminder to all people of all days, times, ages, that GOD will do whatever it takes to make His people holy; because He is holy.
In many of the other 59 times the phrase is used it is toward the nations around them. The LORD desires that people of all lands know that He is the LORD.
To know that He is the LORD is to know Him personally. Know Him as our Creator, the All Powerful, All Knowing, All Present, and Immutable [Unchanging] God; also to know Him as Redeemer, Savior, Lord, and King. To know Him is to see Him revealed in the person of His Son Jesus Christ who took all of our sin upon Himself upon the cross, bled and died, was buried, and He rose from death, conquering death, hell, and the grave; and He forever lives as our Mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5).
Turn to Jesus Christ from sin, and know that the LORD, He is the LORD.
“For as yet they knew not the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.” John 20:9 (KJB)
How well do I know Scripture? How well do I think I know Scripture? Those are two very different questions. I am pretty confident that I do not know Scripture as well as I ought to know them. I think sometimes that I am pretty intelligent concerning the Bible.
It is not, however, until a trial of faith or a real life situation comes along that I understand the value of things I have learned from God and His word.
The events leading to the verse above was the death, burial, and then the bodily resurrection of Jesus. These were not ignorant of the Scriptures teaching of the resurrection, but now all those times Jesus had spoken of His death and resurrection they had that “OH YEAH!” moment. Peter and John entered the empty tomb, and saw it was empty – the body of Jesus was gone.
At the crucifixion Scripture was fulfilled. In the burial Scripture was fulfilled. In the resurrection of Jesus Scripture was fulfilled.
Read the Scriptures. Hear them, know them, and understand.
“That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.” 1 Kings 8:60 (KJB)
King Solomon had just ended a prayer during the dedication of the temple. During this dedication he now speaks to the people, and informs them that through these things which he mentioned in prayer the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God… What are those things by which they may know? It has to do with the way God loves His people:
- He chastises or disciplines His people when they sin;
- He hears and answers their prayers when they pray;
- He forgives their sins and delivers them out of their troubles;
- He keeps them in His hand, and protects them in their enjoying their blessings;
- He always reminds them, lets them know that there is no other God; all the others are powerless and false.
Now the question could come to us who are Christians, “How can all the people of the earth know that the LORD is God through us?” We know and love Jesus, yet, the above things are for you and me as well.
It does say in the book of Hebrews chapter 12…
“But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” Hebrews 12:8
Just wanted to remind you that no Christian can sin without consequences. We still are disciplined for our sin.
Let us let the world know of God’s holiness, righteousness, love, mercy, and grace. The cross of Jesus is where all of these were put on display by holy God. Let the world know.
What do I want for Christmas today?
I want to always know, trust, and believe that a man’s wealth is not determined by the things he possesses, but by the Person who has his heart; and I want all who read this to know, trust and believe that as well.
“Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Luke 12:15 (KJV)
Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 4:10 (KJV)
What do I want for Christmas?
I want to worship the Lord my God, know Him, and love Him with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength; that I will serve Him faithfully; that the word of God be my source of fuel/food each day, all day; to stand against the enemy of God and His Word.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
“If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; shall not God search this out? For He knoweth the secrets of the heart.” Psalm 44:20-21 (KJV)
The first step to worshipping false gods is forgetting the one true God. We can forget Him by neglecting His word. Maybe we no longer read it. Maybe we feel we are independent of Him, no longer need Him. We stop taking heed to what we know to be God’s Word, refusing to listen to the Spirit of God within.
We might even think, “I am too sophisticated to worship idols or other gods.” O really? That thing, or person, or job, that is your treasure is what you worship. God knows the secrets of your heart, and my heart.
Remember this: there is nothing hidden from the All-Knowing mind of God. There are many who refuse to even admit what the prophet Jeremiah stated in Jeremiah 17,
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
The answer to that question is that “God knows”; and it is best if we agree with God that the heart of man is in fact “…Deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” Is that not clear with what has been happening in the world and the U. S. of A. One young man killing 9 people in a Church in South Carolina. The band of murderers and thugs waging chaos in the Middle East, cutting off heads of Christians and Jews, and anyone else who might get in their way.
Do you think that you are above that? Do not deceive yourself. But for the grace and love and mercy of God… That could be you or me.
God desires to give a new heart. That new heart, inner being, comes through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ the holy Son of God who paid our sin debt to the Father. When we put our faith and trust in the work of the Son we receive a new heart and life.
O, believe Him today.
“Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech Thee, save Thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that Thou art the LORD God, even Thou only.” 2 Kings 19:19 (KJV)
The king of Assyria had sent Rabshakeh his commander of the Assyrian army to threaten, to defame, to despise, to show contempt for Judah, her king, and her God.
Being the man of God king Hezekiah was he went to God in prayer, laid the letter of mockery out before the LORD and prayed.
An ongoing theme through out all of the Old Testament, is “Know that the LORD is God” or that “GOD is the Lord”. That phrase can be found at least 63 times in the prophecy of Ezekiel. Here it is again in the prayer of Hezekiah.
The LORD God is our only help. He alone will hear prayer. We access His throne only through the sacrifice of His Son.
Since it is so readily mentioned throughout Scripture, then, we should get the strong impression that the world needs to know that the He is “the LORD God”, and that there is no other; and that He is known solely through His only offering for sin. That is His Son Jesus Christ.
“O LORD, Thou hast searched me, and known me.” Psalm 139:1 (KJV)
Sometimes it is sad to realize that we are living in a world where we can be seen by people, particularly governments or government bureaus wherever we are and in whatever we do. There are cameras at many traffic lights, that can see us as we go through intersections. There are cameras at more and more corners on the streets. There are satellites that can zoom in on us and see our license plates on our automobiles.
In some ways that troubles me. In other ways it does not. I have been watched all my life; and even before I was born, and yet in my mothers womb, I was seen and known. So it is with each of us.
The LORD has had His eye on us from conception, and keeps them there to the grave. He searches, He examines every motive, every action that we make, and He knows our hearts, and why we do what we do. He is Omniscient or All-Knowing, and He knows you, even better than you know yourself.
There is nothing about you or myself that is a secret to Him. Nothing about our lives surprises GOD.
He knows your need for Him; for salvation from your sin and its condemnation. He has provided that through sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross for your sins, He was buried, and He rose bodily from the grave. One day He is returning. Be ready for that by trusting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour today.