That We May Know
As we enter the month of May, it may be encouraging to know that God has given us plenty of evidence that we can know Him. In Exodus 10:1-2, it is taught that God did a multitude of signs in Egypt so that the children of Israel would know that He is the LORD. It says, "Now the LORD said to Moses, 'Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him, 2 'and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son's son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I [am] the LORD." (Ex. 10:1-2 NKJV)
The statement, "may know" is not only found a multitude of times in the Old Testament, but also in the New as well. The first time that "may know" is found in the gospels is at Matthew 9:6, "'But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins'--then He said to the paralytic, 'Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.'" (Matt. 9:6) If we read the next verse, we learn that the man did precisely what Jesus said. He rises up and departs to his house. God wants us to know that we can have the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. By this miraculous healing, he provides us evidence so that we may know this, and believe.
In the Gospel According to John, Jesus refers to the works that He is doing. John 10:37-38 tell us, "'If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 'but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father [is] in Me, and I in Him.'" (John 10:37-38) While the prior passage assured us of forgiveness of sins by the evidence of one miracle, this one speaks of Jesus' works in general. When thinking upon these verses, it is good to remember that in John 9 Jesus healed a man that was born blind. That formerly blind man recognized that his healing was a marvelous thing. Furthermore, the man would not confess Jesus as a sinner, but rather instructed the religious leaders that God does not hear sinners (John 9:30-33)! Again, God does things so that we may know Him, and believe.
Later in the gospel, there is again a verse that teaches that we can know God. But this time, it speaks of the fact that there is only one true God. "Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: 'Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 'as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 'And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:1-3) Not only can we know God the Father, but also His Son, Jesus Christ.
From these passages, it is wonderful to see that we may indeed know God. He has provided His testimony to us, and not left us without evidence that we may know Him!