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What The People Are Saying
"A God, and not know! This is a solecism in language, a madness of thought." - Charles Spurgeon
What is a solecism as mentioned in the above quote by Charles Spurgeon? According to the Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, it is "an ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence; something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order"
So, what Spurgeon was saying here was that to say that God - Who happens to be the God of all knowledge - does not know something is an ungrammatical combination of words...it is a deviation from the proper, normal, or accepted order.
Throughout the Scriptures, we find statements beginning with the words - "and they say" or "yet they say." What the people are saying in each case turns out to be "a solecism of language, a madness of thought."
Psalm 73:11 says - "And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?" The Bible commentators bring two groups of people into the picture here. Asaph, the writer of this particular Psalm, could be referring here to the "ungodly, who prosper in the world" or else saying that the people of God are confounded over the fact that the oppression and persecution of the saints seemingly is unobserved by heaven.
"And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?" - One view says that God's people are perplexed with His seeming lack of knowledge and care. They are filled with sorrow. The "ungodly" are flattering themselves that their oppression and persecution of the saints is going unobserved by heaven. How do you possibly reconcile this with God's omniscience? Can it be believed that He sees all this? Does He take notice of human affairs? Then why doesn't He stop it? Is it because they are below His regard? The people own that He is God but question His knowledge. They acknowledge Him to be the Most High, yet doubt whether He is knowledgeable of all things.
"And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?" - The "ungodly" who were prospering in the world came to the conclusion that their acts of oppression and violence as well as their insolent words against God and men were being passed along unobserved and with impunity. They were not willing to believe that God - Who happens to be the God of infinite knowledge - had any knowledge of them, took any notice of their wickedness, nor would He ever call them into account. He - being the Most High - could not nor would not see them.
Psalm 94:7 says - "Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it." Here we have the "proud," "wicked," "workers of iniquity," "brutish among the people," and "fools" believing that the eyes of God are dim. This is the reason for their arrogance and the climax of their wickedness. They being blindly wicked dream of a blind God. They totally disregard His attribute of justice and deny His government of the world. By their questioning His omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, they are implying that He is indifferent to the conduct of the people. Hence, they grant themselves full license to the passions of their heart.
Isaiah 29:15 says - "Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?" A metaphor is presented here using the concept of men digging deep into the earth to hide something there. God's people were playing the hypocrite - honoring Him with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him(Isaiah 29:13). They imagined that they could deceive not only men but Him with their external profession. They intended to conceal their real intentions and sentiments under a plausible exterior. A practical disbelief of God's omniscience - "Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?" - was at the bottom of their carnal confidence.
Ezekiel 8:12 says - "Then said He unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth." The elders of Israel led the people on to secret idolatry. They betook themselves to the gods of the Egyptians, Syrians, and other nations for assistance and protection. They convinced themselves that God did no longer care for them and their affairs - since He seemingly had left them to their miseries without helping them. They did not realize that He left them because of their sin and rebellion. Their excuse for their idolatry was - "...The LORD seeth us not, the LORD hath forsaken the earth."
Zephaniah 1:12 says - "And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil." The people's wickedness blinded them. They pictured God as being afar off. They flatly denied His providence by saying that He took no notice of what is done by men on earth. They defied Him and His laws. They ascribed their success to their own diligence, wisdom, and strength. They lived loose lives - after totally convincing themselves that God neither rewards the good nor punishes the evil.
"...and they say..."
"...yet they say..."
Look around you today, and you will see the same practical disbelief of God's omniscience in the world and even in the church.
People have convinced themselves that God doesn't know...The LORD shall not see...the God of Jacob will not regard it...Nobody sees us... Nobody knows what is done behind closed doors...the LORD has forsaken the earth because He doesn't seem to be doing anything about all the evil that is happening in the world today...and He will not do good, nor will He do evil.
Isn't this basically the attitude of most in our present-day?
It can be explained as sheer atheism, and it is at the bottom of the idolatry in people's hearts. They have convinced themselves that the Most High doesn't really know what is going on. If He did, He would certainly change things.
To call God the "Most High," "God," the "Lord," and the "God of Jacob," and then to say that He does not know something is a deviation from what is proper.
It is nothing but madness of thought!
Perhaps, you are reading this, and you have not blatantly confessed that God is without knowledge, but you are entertaining some form of secret sin - thinking all along that He must not be seeing it or does not know about it since you haven't reaped His wrath and judgment on it. Don't be fooled! He knows exactly what you are doing. Just because you haven't yet "been caught" doesn't mean that you are getting away with it. He is most likely giving you a season to repent before He brings down His heavy hand upon you.
Know this for a surety - God sees and knows all things - even though He may be silent about it. And He will deal with evil in His own time and way.
What are the people saying today in regards to the subject of this message?
Are they speaking a solecism - calling God - "God" - and yet saying that He doesn't see or know what's going on?
What are you saying?
May God Bless His Word.