Brueggemann on Now I Know

Walter Brueggemann notes in his work on Genesis states on Genesis 22:12:

It is not a game with God. God genuinely does not know. And that is settled in verse 12, “Now I know.” There is real development in the plot. The flow of the narrative accomplishes something in the awareness of God. He did not know. Now he knows. The narrative will not be understood if it is taken as a flat event of “testing.” It can only be understood if it is seen to be a genuine movement in the history between Yahweh and Abraham.


  1. Yet, Isaiah 44 demonstrates a God who knows and declares all things. There is none like him. He has declared it from old. It will come to pass! No gymnastics here. Just plain text demonstrating He knows all things past present and future.

    Besides Me There Is No God

    Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel

    and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:

    “I am the first and I am the last;

    besides me there is no god.

    Who is like me? Let him proclaim it.

    Let him declare and set it before me,

    since I appointed an ancient people.

    Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen.

    Fear not, nor be afraid;

    have I not told you from of old and declared it?

    And you are my witnesses!

    Is there a God besides me?

  2. Isaiah 44:7-8 doesnot say in plain text that God knows everything future. You will not find any passage in the Bible that does. This passage compares pagan prophets with Yahweh’s prophet. The prophets of the idols never get it right; but Yahweh’s prophet does.

    God’s foreknowledge in Isaiah focusses on his power to bring something about that he has announced. It’s not simple foreknowledge.
    Isaiah 46:11
    This power is about to become very loud in the Cyrus oracle that comes up next.

    Isaiah 41:21-24.
    Isaiah 46:1.

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