Yesterday we learned that the word yada is used in the Old Testament over 900 times… we talked about how it is the word that God uses when He tells us that Adam lay with Eve. It is also the same word that God uses to share that Rebekah was very beautiful and had never lain with a man. It is the word that God used to share that Elkanah lay with Hannah and He remembered her and she conceived.
(Hearing the word “lay” in God’s spectrum makes our worldly term “get laid” sound quite repulsive, doesn’t it?)
Well today we are going to talk about the relationship that God most uses the word yada to describe.
Trust me this is going to be good…
Be still and yada that I am God.
So the LORD said to Moses,
“I will also do this thing that you have spoken;
for you have found grace in My sight,
and I yada you by name,”
Is your heart pounding yet?
Do you see now how Adam and Eve were in the garden with God and they were naked and they were not ashamed?
We see naked and we usually think nudity… and that’s it.
But it was so much more than that. Yada transcends the physical. It describes the whole knowing of a person… not just their body, but their hearts, their minds, and their souls. It means no secrets and nothing is held back. Before sin entered the world Adam and Eve were naked in the garden before God. They had no secrets with each other and they were not trying to hide secrets from God…
This is the love life we are beckoned to in Christ. We can once again be in the garden with our God and be naked and not be ashamed.
I want you to go back now and read Psalm 139 again, because now you can do so with the awareness that when you read the word “know” you are reading “yada”…
O LORD, you have searched me and known me…
Just as a young romantic dreams of his or her future lover, God dreamed of you. Before you were born, His heart longed for you. God has “before love” for you. He has sought you, and He is seeking you. Those are facts. Let’s make every effort not to confuse our lack of feeling God’s presence with a lack of His presence. And beyond that, my friend, let me encourage you to step out of- or never step into- the same pit of Satan’s lies I once was drowning in when I believed that my past made me unworthy of God’s desire and love. It’s simply not true…
Precious one, never forget who you are in Him…
and never forget where you were when He called you…
He loved you then,
He loved you before then,
and He loved you still even after then… and He loves you now.
Now, in this moment, you are the focus of the passionate and unconditional love of God. He loves you with His entire Being. You have all of His love as if you were the only human being in existence. And He loves you because you exist without reference to your behavior. Understand and live in that reality, and behavior will change in response to such infinite love that leaves us in worshipping wonder.
~ Malcolm Smith
Get this: The ache in your heart to be known by and to truly know one man was placed in you to be a revelation of a much deeper love. When you are in intimate physical and emotional communion with your husband, it will be a mere picture of the passionate love of a God who has been seeking your heart since before you were born.
We live in a day of artificiality.
We have artificial sweetener, artificial nails, artificial hair, artificial colors…
We have fake food, fake diamonds, fake furs, fake money, fake lips, fake boobs, fake profiles, fake friends…
We have imitation purses, imitation art, imitation wood, imitation pearls…
We live in a day of cheap fake, artificial, imitations.
We live in a day of counterfeits… and love is no exception.
Honey, don’t settle for the imitation when the Creator of the universe stands before you with open arms welcoming you into the REAL GENUINE TRUE thing.
Don’t be wooed away from the Lover of your soul by the seductions of the world and the lies of the one who rules here… you are worth more than that. You were worth dying for… He considered you more precious to Him than His own glory, for He laid it aside to come chasing after you. He wants to captivate and capture your heart and sweep you off your feet and carry you off to His kingdom to be His pure and holy and undefiled bride.
Just spend tonight thinking about that and about Him…