Thursday, February 14, 2008


So, I spent the entire day at home on my back. Whatever I have is acting an aweful lot like flu. I tried to go to be bed at 9:00 unsuccessfully. I finally admited defeat and made a bowl of ramen noodles. Have you ever noticed how salty that stuff is? I feel like I've just been brined like a Thanksgiving turkey.

I was actually attempting to write some theological reflection on where I am in my sermon prep so far. But I am in a bit of a fog. And, of course, there is the possibility I won't be preaching this Sunday unless I find a miracle cure for feeling like I've been run over by a truck.

Apologies for any misspellings...


CLC said...

Todd, hope you are recuperating rapidly. In my re-reading of Gen. 22:12, it seems to preclude the continual foreknowledge of answer probably requires more than number of characters allowed here so I'll just ask you in person when it's convenient.

Todd Pruitt said...


Genesis 22:12 does not preclude God's foreknowledge. First of all, we know that God's Word does not contradict itself. This is why we have to be careful to interpret Scripture in light of Scripture.

The point of Genesis 22:12 is that genuine faith is proved by obedience. The Bible, particularly the Old Testament has a number of examples of anthropopathism and anthropomorphisms. It's when human emotions and physicality are attributed to God for the sake of communicating truth.

Genesis 22:12 does not advance the notion that God was ignorant about the quality of Abraham's faith. Indeed we know that God understands our hearts and through and through. He knows if our faith is genuine. The true beneficiary of Abraham's action was Abraham. Remeber that God was teaching not only Abraham something about His trustworthiness but He was also teaching future generations about a Father who would offer His only Son.

Take time to read Isaiah chapters 40-48 when you get a chance. God not only knows the end from the beginning, He "declares" the end from the beginning. God's exhaustive foreknowledge is grounded in His sovereiegnty over and governance of all that He has made. God knows what is going to happen because in His infinite wisdom and power He has declared it to be so.

I recommend you check out "". It is a great theological resource. Click on "directory" and from there go to "foreknowledge of God." You will find a wealth of wonderful articles defending the doctrine of God's perfect foreknowledge.

Happy reading!