El Deah – God of Knowledge (1 Samuel 2: 3; Job 36: 4)

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El Deah – God of Knowledge (1 Samuel 2: 3; Job 36: 4). This term for God – God of Knowledge – is used just twice in Scripture. First, in Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 2 “My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn (strength) is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth, for the Lord is the God of knowledge; and by Him actions are weighed…”

Second, in Job 36: 4, God is described as “he that is perfect in knowledge”.

The word translated “knowledge” means just that, but with the added meaning of the “knowledge of God” or the “knowledge of Jehovah”. We think of God as omniscient – all knowing – which He is, but He is also the source of all knowledge.

Colossians 2: 3 says, “In Him (Christ) are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”. Proverbs 2: 6 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding”. And Romans 11: 13 says, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God ! How unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding out.”

We imagine ourselves intelligent, but we cannot create knowledge – we can’t even explain how it works without relying on it to come up with that explanation. Any attempt to define knowledge must by necessity use knowledge – negating any claim that we can be the source of knowledge. What, then, is this source? Or, rather, Who?  El Deah – The God of Knowledge, who is both the Origin and Giver of all knowledge.

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