18. Does God know and see everything?
God sees and knows all things.God knows everything.
God ... knoweth all things. 1 John 3:20He's a mind reader.
No thought can be withholden from thee. Job 42:2He knows the secrets of everyone's heart.
For he knoweth the secrets of the heart. Psalm 44:21You can't hide from God. He's everywhere.
Whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. Psalm 139:7-8His eyes are everywhere; he can see everything.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place. Proverbs 15:3
There are some things that God doesn't know and can't see.God couldn't see Adam and Eve when they hid in the Garden of Eden.
And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord, amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? Genesis 3:8-9After Cain killed Abel, he hid in the land of Nod from the face of God.
Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid. ... And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. Genesis 4:14-16God came down to see the Tower of Babel. (He couldn't see it from where he was sitting.)
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower. Genesis 11:4-5When God and his friends visited Abraham, they didn't know where Sarah was.
The LORD appeared unto him [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him. ... And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. Genesis 18:1-9As God pondered murdering everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah, he asked himself, "Shall I hide from Abraham the thing that I do?"
And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do? Genesis 18:17God had to come down to Sodom to see if the Sodomites were as bad as he'd heard.
And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and, if not, I will know. Genesis 18:20-21God didn't know that Abraham feared God until Abraham showed his willingness to murder his son for God.
For now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. Genesis 22:12After God lost a wrestling match with Jacob, he asked Jacob his name. (God didn't know who he was wrestling with.)
And he [God] said unto him [Jacob], What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.... And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face. Genesis 32:27-30Before opening the mouth of Balaam's ass (Numbers 22:28-20), he asked Balaam who were the men that were with him.
And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee? Numbers 22:9God led the Israelites for forty years (on a trip that should have taken a few weeks) so that he could know what was in their hearts.
God led thee these forty years in the wilderness ... to know what what in thine heart. Deuteronomy 8:2If a prophet or dreamer of dreams tells you to worship other gods. Kill him. God sends guys like that every now and then to see if you love him enough.
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. ... And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death. The Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 13:3God has tested Hezekiah to see what is in his heart.
God left him [Hezekiah], to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart. 2 Chronicles 32:31Before God and Satan played their cruel game with the lives of Job and his family, God asked Satan what he'd been up to lately.
And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. Job 1:7, 2:2The Israelites set up kings and princes without God's knowledge.
They [the Israelites] have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not. Hosea 8:4Jonah tried to hide himself from the presence of the Lord by sailing to Tarshish. But God sent a storm that scared the sailors, who knew that Jonah was running away from God's presence.
But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. ... Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. Jonah 1:3-10