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Does God Know Our Hearts

IF God knows what is in our hearts WHY did he make Abraham suffer SO MUCH by thinking he had to KILL his only son? Did God not already know Abraham was a faithful servent?
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 ---sue on 7/30/05
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God does already know our hearts as well as all our reactions and the choices we will make, long before we even know we have choices to make. When God tests us, as He did with Abraham, it's not that God was really testing Abraham's heart and obedience for God's sake, for God already knew what was going to happen and what Abraham would do. It was for Abraham to know what was in his own heart. Tests are not for God to find out about us, they're for US to find out about US. :-)
---Holly4jc on 6/16/08

It is all about faith. Abraham knew what God wanted him to do before he went up the mountain. Abraham was going to sacrifce his son because he knew that God would/could raise him up. Abraham had alot of faith in God. He had faith that God would give them a son.
---Rebecca_D on 6/16/08

I think this is a testimony to the faith of Abraham, Job, Daniel, John, Paul and others that God did not enjoy to make suffer but allowed to suffer to tell His story, knowing that they would remain faithful til the end! It also tells us that to follow Him will include suffering but the ultimate result is Victory and eternal life.
---Pierr7958 on 4/13/07

Araham was the friend of God, and Isaac was a miracle gift to him in his very old age. So Abraham knew that God was testing his faith, and he knew that if he obeyed God and slew his son, that God could easily provide him another son or resurrect his sacrificed son or do whatever else God desired. Abraham knew God always did what was right. What a great testimony to us today of Abraham's love for God. And we also are to love God more than all else, more than family, friends, and more than ourselves.
---Eloy on 9/17/06

It was a test of Abraham's obedience, and his faith that God would at least bring his son Isaac back to life. Abraham was justified by faith.
---Helen_5378 on 9/17/06

greetings,what would we illustrate to our society if one was to take their child and ceremoniously place this beloved child on a alter at a church and take in our hand a sword of sacrifice,raise it up as to prepare to shed blood and wait for God to say continue or to cease this act?there has been in the media people who have said God told them to kill and carried it out does this reflect on God?
---earl on 9/16/06

(3.)Many "talk the talk", but FEW "walk the walk", our life is proof of which one applies to us, our life on this earth will prove if we are talker's or walker's. Faith without Works(godly obedience, godly fruit) is DEAD.
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/16/06

(2.)Some so-called Christian's claim Obedience is "optional", that is pure deceit, man's and the devil's reasoning/lie. Every "real" Christian knows that Obedience can't be separated from True Faith, Pure Faith, and they know that those Fiery Trials in life will strengthen them and teach them , thus they will grow stronger in the Lord.....
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/16/06

(1.)God will try and test(try with fire) His children's Faith(Revelation 3:18)(I Peter 1:7)(Job 23:10 ), this is good, every true child of God must expect this! If our Faith wasn't tried and tested, that would be really unfruitful. Godly Faith is coupled with Humble "childlike" Obedience to God.....
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/16/06

yes God knew but God needed Abraham to know, the sacrifice was representative of the faith in god's promise that if Abraham sacrificed even his promised son then God would still keep his promise even if God had to Raise Him From The Dead. and personally i think it shows that God also desires a love from you that is like his own that he would sacrifice his only begotten son that you may have eternal life. have you ever loved someone that didn't love you back?
---matthew on 7/31/05

God bless you all for your wonderful answers. So, basically God was doing this test for Abraham's own good. So Abraham would know how much faith he had in God, not the other way around. interesting.
---sue on 7/31/05

Dear Sue: Obviously God knew exactly why He chose Abraham - because of His faith and the tremendous task for which He had chosen Him. All the testing experiences were so that Abraham would develop his faith and obedience to match God's incredible plan for his life. Something I need to remind myself of this day! Thanks for asking Sue!
---Elsie on 7/31/05

Of course God knows our hearts. It wasn't that God needed to know Abraham was faithful but the Abraham needed to be faithful and know that God was faithful. It was sure a faith-building experience. Would you do it? Abraham knew that God had promised a nation through his seed. Isaac was the only seed he had yet he trusted what the Lord was doing. When Isaac asked where the sacrifice was, Abraham told him, God will provide.
---Pam on 7/31/05

God had promised Abraham that through his son, there would arise a great nation, and Abraham knew that this could not happen if his son was dead. He knew...had faith... that God would either stop him from killing him, or raise him up again. God wanted to see how far Abraham's faith would go, and when he saw that he was willing to give up his son, God stopped him, and provided another sacrifice. I don't think my faith is as great as that.
---Ann5758 on 7/31/05

Dear Sue,
"People judge others by what they look, but I judge people by what is in their heart" (1Sam.16:7). Abraham made a mistake by "helping" to fulfil God's mission. Abraham didn't believe God's promisses until Isaac was born. Now God claimed to proof Abraham's faith. God claims from us unconditional obedience. Isaac was a fulfil from God's side, now Abraham had to fulfil from his side. Having faith isn't always easy!!
---Ernst9433 on 7/31/05

He was testing Abraham's faith, just as he did when he had to leave his own parents in order to come away and worship the 1 God and become a father of many nations. Abraham had strong faith, and he was called the "friend of God." Abraham knew that Isaac was a special gift from God to him and Sarah when he was 100 years old, and he also knew that all souls belong to God. Many love their children more then they do God, and these are not worthy of our Lord.
---Eloy on 7/31/05

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Along with what Rebecca D said, God also used that event as an example to us, showing the faithfulness of Abraham. 2 Timothy 1:12, Paul talks about the same kind of faith. There was also another parable in the example of Abraham going up that mountain to sacrific Isaac. When asked where their offering was, Abraham said God would provide them one. Later for us that lamb was the Lord Jesus Christ, John 1:29,26. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
---geraa7578 on 7/31/05

Indeed God knows our hearts, but he wants us to know his as well.
It's a good lesson for all parents, God gave us our children, for a time, but ultimately their his.
Abraham's faith was tested, and on the other side of any test is stronger faith and a and a better understanding of who God is in relation to us.
Abraham obeyed God like a little child, the kind of faith Jesus spoke of in his teachings.

To him who has more will be given....
---Pharisee on 7/30/05

Sue, God knows us, but we don't always know ourselves very well until we're tested. Abraham grew closer to God, because he finally understood with certainty that he would choose nothing over Him. Could he have really known for sure, if he hadn't been faced with that terrible choice? I doubt it. Tests are a blessing to deepen our faith. Not because He doesn't already know it, but because we don't.
---Billy on 7/30/05

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