SPECIAL TOPIC: KNOW (illustrated from Deuteronomy)

The Hebrew word "know" (yada, BDB 393, KB 390) has several senses in the Qal stem.

1. to understand good and evil – Gen. 3:22; Deut. 1:39; Isa. 7:14-15; Jonah 4:11

2. to know by understanding – Deut. 9:2,3,6; 18:21

3. to know by experience – Deut. 3:19; 4:35; 8:2,3,5; 11:2; 20:20; 31:13; Jos. 23:14

4. to consider – Deut. 4:39; 11:2; 29:16

5. to know personally

a. a person – Gen. 29:5; Exod. 1:8; Deut. 22:2; 33:9; Jer. 1:5

b. a god – Deut. 11:28; 13:2,6,13; 28:64; 29:26; 32:17

c. YHWH – Deut. 4:35,39; 7:9; 29:6; Isa. 1:3; 56:10-11

d. sexually – Gen. 4:1,17,25; 24:16; 38:26

6. a learned skill or knowledge – Isa. 29:11,12; Amos 5:16 

7. be wise – Deut. 29:4; Pro. 1:2; 4:1; Isa. 29:24

8. God's knowledge

a. of Moses – Deut. 34:10

b. of Israel – Deut. 31:21

Theologically #5 is very important.  Biblical faith is a daily, growing, intimate fellowship with God (see Special Topic: Koinōnia).  It is not a creed alone or a moral life alone.  It is a personal faith relationship.  This is why Paul used the Christian home in Eph. 5:22-6:9 to illustrate Christ's love for the church.

 

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