The All-surpassing Knowledge of Our Omniscient God by Paul J. Palma for CBN News
“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7, NLT).
Our God knows the precise number of hairs on your head. According to New World Encyclopedia, the average human head has about 100,000 hair follicles, and each follicle grows about 20 individual hairs over the course of one’s life to compensate for hair loss. That’s about 2 million strands of hair. Multiply that by a world population of 7 billion. That’s a lot of hair and God has the exact count.
Perhaps as staggering is the number of sparrows in the world today. The world’s most common bird, according to Bird Life International, there are over 40 species of sparrows with a total world population estimated in the multiple billions. Again in this case God knows the exact number.
In addition to God’s vast knowledge of the present state of the world, He also has complete knowledge of things past and future. His knowledge is not bound by the human concept of time. The prophet Isaiah took confidence in the surpassing knowledge of God. His knowledge of the future (foreknowledge) set Him apart from the other gods of the ancient world. Chapter 46 tells us that the gods Baal and Nebo of Babylon, whose images were fixed to the beasts of the earth (Isaiah 46:1), stood in no comparison to the God of Israel:
“I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’” (Isaiah 46:9-10, NIV).
The surpassing, exhaustive knowledge of God is the attribute known as omniscience—from the Latin terms omni (all) and scientia (knowledge). God knows all things entirely. He knows every facet, every detail of the present word (even to the precise number) and possesses an equal knowledge of things past and yet to come. There is no limit to the knowledge of God.