Greetings in Jesus Name!
The following is a message that I prepared for Sunday Morning November 5, 2006. The outline is rather short, and contains a couple word studies, however, I trust you will also get the message.
WHEN GOD RESPECTS YOU
And it came to pass in the course of those many days, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. (24) And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. (25) And God saw the children of Israel, and God took knowledge of them.
In the King James Version of the Bible the phrase "and God took knowledge of them" reads "and God had respect unto them."
The words respect or knowledge are a hebrew word (yawdah) which means: to know. It means - "to perceive and see, find out and discern; to consider". It's Greek counter part (ginosko): to know means - "to be taking in knowledge, to come to know, understand, or to understand completely".
These words are often used in the sense of approving; and "because God knew" - had respect for and approved of, them, therefore He was determined to deliever them.
or as another comentary put it:
"God heard their crying, and remembered His covenant with the fathers: "and God saw the Children of Israel, and God noticed them." God's notice had all the energy of LOVE and PITY. He accepted them!
In Exodus 3:7,8 God investigated the cry He heard, and when He heard, saw, understood, and remembered He planned the best course of action to deliever.
One scripture tells us that God is looking for ways to bless us! He is searching out methods, plans which will benefit His people!
--> Sometimes this means we have to go through some nasty stuffy.
--> In this nasty stuff we are drawn to prayer.
--> When our cry reaches God, He begins to investigate!
--> When He understands and knows everything about our situation He acts accordingly!
Have you ever heard the statement, "I appreciate your situation...." That is kind of what God is saying to us. "I have heard what you are saying, praying and crying, and I appreciate what you are going through, now this is what I'm going to do about it!"
Let's look at a few other situations in which a cry came up before God.
-- Abel's Blood cried unto God for vengeance. God investigated and took appropriate action.
-- David made a regular practice of crying to God. Psalms 18:6
-- The wicked deeds and spilled blood of Sodom and Gomorrah cried unto God for justice, and He came down and investigated. Genesis 18:21; 19:13
-- Cornelius's Prayer built a memorial to God! Acts 10
When God has respect to you he investigates your need, sees what you are going through, understands how you feel, remembers the promise He gave you and plots the best possible deliverance for your situation!
It may take some time, but He'll be right on time. So, don't delay make your request known to God!
Let God know what you are going through, how you feel, and be thankful for what He has done, is doing and will do!
God bless you!