Exodus 33:17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I KNOW you by name.”
To know someone or something can mean so many things, and it’s all in the tone of our voice.
I know that
I don’t know
I want to know you more
She really knows me
He knew his wife and she conceived
She knows how to throw
The word for know in the Old Testament is the root word yada:
to be aquatinted with
to sleep with someone
to know, learn to know
to recognize, admit, acknowledge, confess
to have knowledge, wise
I remember when I first started dating my husband I would write him letters and sign it with my full name. It was my way of saying this is written by all of me, not just a quick letter with no thought, but the full me, all in, from the moment I was named. I loved it when he wrote back and addressed it with my full name. It made me feel known. I was trying to let him in and let it all out. No more mask, who I really am. My favorite gift was a bible he had engraved with my full name on it. It is such a great metaphor to my life,….. another story for another day.
Three years after we had been married we moved to a new city where I didn’t know anyone. I was in a drought physically, spiritually and emotionally. My husband was busy working making great connections and I was at home with a new baby, lonely. I longed to be known and to know someone.
We all want to be deeply known by someone. When someone knows the in’s and out’s of you, you trust them. You know that they have your back and don’t judge the meanings or motives of what you are doing. But for someone to really know you means they can hurt you, so sometimes we aren’t fully known. We feel safer behind our mask so when someone says something that hurts, it is bouncing off our mask and not our heart.
In Exodus 33 Moses and God are talking about how Moses will continue to lead the people now that they are out of Egypt. Exodus 33:14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” From that point on God will lead the people by cloud during the day and fire by night so that Moses doesn't have to carry the load of leading the people. It will allow Moses to rest and the people to know that it is God that is telling them to move. Moses’ response is, “please Lord, lead the people, because how else will everyone know that it is You leading us.” God’s response is Exodus 33:17, I will do what you ask because I know you. Moses knows God and God knows Moses. Moses is trusting God to do what He said He will do but God already knows Moses. He knows all the mistakes he made, the pride, the murder, He knows. God knows us by name. He knows every moment from before you were named. When we are in a season of loneliness, God knows you. He will lead you and give you rest. All we have to do is trust.
Written by Kim Hommel