We Know Who We Know

Michael Beck

“Yet ye have not known Him; but I know Him: and if I should say, I know Him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know Him, and keep His saying.” (John 8:55)

Relationship can be faked. We can pretend to know someone we don’t. Many “name-drop” the name of God, but the Lord knows those who are His. Jesus was not impressed by the Pharisees’ “God-talk.” Seeing through their outward piety, He told them they had no relationship with the Father. “You have not known Him.”

The very thing the Pharisees lacked, they accused Jesus of. They called Him a Samaritan (i.e., those who falsely believed they were in covenant with God.) They called Him a devil (i.e., one who was actively opposed to God.) They were sure Jesus was an imposter, one who was lying about His closeness to God. But He knew what He knew. He would not and could not deny knowing the Father. To do so would make Him a liar.

We can live with people without intimacy. We never really knew them and they never really knew us. But no one can take away from us the relationships we truly have. Jealous men could put Jesus to death, but they could not sever His relationship to the Father. He knew all too well what was going on. He was hated for calling them out. But no amount of hatred and slander on their part could change this one fact: the Son knew the Father, and the Father knew the Son.

Know God. Worship God – in spirit and in truth. Then smile and shake your head when you are accused of anything otherwise.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.