The Omniscience of God

Psalm 139  Lloyd preached this sermon at Lantern Park Baptist Church last Sunday, 12/14/2014. You can hear it here. He preached on the Omniscience of God. It is a very positive and helpful message about what God knows. (141214)

LUKE 4:22-30

Verses 22-30 “22And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?
23And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
24And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
25But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
26But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
27And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
28And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
29And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
30But he passing through the midst of them went his way,”

The people in Jesus’ home town waited with bated breath to see if He would perform miracles there as He had done at Capernaum. Jesus gives several reasons that He would do no mighty miracles there, including the fact that a prophet is with out honor in his own country, which is another way of saying that familiarity breeds contempt and that the people there were not going to get serious about spiritual things.  Another important reason that Jesus would not do miracles at Nazareth was that the mere existence of a needy person does not obligate God to act.  The simple fact that someone has a need does not mean that it is God’s will for that need to be met. Jesus gives two Old Testament examples to prove this principle.  First, during the terrible drought in Elijah’s day, the prophet did not minister to all of the widows that he knew.  He ministered to only one, the widow of Zarephath.  Second, Elisha knew many lepers, but he ministered to only one, Naaman.  (Note that Eliseus is the Greek form of the Hebrew Elisha).  Obviously, it is the will of God for some people to suffer.  We do not understand it, but God has a reason for all that He causes and all that He allows.  God could miraculously alleviate all suffering if it was His will to do so, but He does not do so.  We should try to help those around us who have needs, but we can not, and should not, feel obligated to feed every hungry person we know about.  We should use some of our resources to help some people who are hurting, but we should not feel that it is our responsibility to help every person that has any kind of trouble.