And God Remembered? Omniscient?

1. What do you observe about these passages in the context of God's omniscience? Against what you know about God's omniscience, do you see a problem?

Then God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. (Gen 8:1, LSB)

Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. So she conceived and bore a son and said, "God has taken away my reproach." And she named him Joseph, saying, "May Yahweh give me another son." (Gen 30:22-24, LSB)

Now it happened in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the slavery, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their slavery rose up to God. So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Ex 2:23-24, LSB)

2. Is our perception of this problem accurate? Do a word study on the Hebrew word underlying the English translation "remembered." What do you learn?

a. Visit and search "remembered" and select the Bible version "LSB" (Legacy Standard Bible).

b. Select "tools" next to Genesis 8:1.

c. Scroll down the opened box until you find "remembered" and select the Strong's Number next to it "H2142."

d. You should see various sections that will help you understand the Hebrew term "zāḵar": outline of Biblical usage, Strong's Definitions, Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon, and Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon.

3. In light of your findings in question #2, carefully read Acts 2:22-23 – how does this refine your understanding? Share your thoughts with the class.

"Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God did through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know⁠ - this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of lawless men and put Him to death." (Acts 2:22-23, LSB)

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