God Knows

Jon Brown

READ : Exodus 3:7-12

“I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them.” (vv. 7-8)

God came down to deliver the Israelites then and God comes to deliver us now. No matter how many times I read this story – and I’ve read it many times – my heart melts every time to hear the one who created the world say, “I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them.”

The word “to know” in Hebrew means much more than simply being aware of, or cognitively understanding something. “To know” in the Hebrew language carries with it the connotation of being intimately connected. God is intimately connected with our sufferings. His knowledge isn’t like the knowledge of suffering we get from watching the news on TV. It isn’t acquired by looking down from a lofty position high up in heaven at our pain on earth.

God’s knowledge of our suffering suggests he hurts with those who hurt; he struggles with those who struggle. “I know your sufferings and I have come down to deliver you.” God knew his people’s suffering and delivered them.

But the gospel tells us much more. In the person of Jesus Christ, God has literally come down, experienced our suffering himself, and he will deliver us.


Lord Jesus, we are grateful that you not only know about our pain, but you experience pain with us, and finally will deliver us. Amen.