Fan or Follower: Yada, yada, yada

No, I’m not trying to imitate the sound you thought your parents were making when they were trying to tell you something important about life (past or present). The word “yada” is actually a Hebrew word used in the Old Testament, and the best way of defining it is “to know completely and to be completely known.” It is the word used in Genesis 4:1 when we are told that “Adam lay with his wife Eve.” It is more than just a sexual activity that Genesis 4 is talking about here. The word yada talks about the mingling of souls, the very depth of intimacy.

This word, yada, appears in many places throughout the Old Testament, and if you were to take time to follow it, you would find that it is the word used over and over again to describe God’s relationship with us. It is the word that is used to describe how God wants to be known by us, and it describes how God already knows you.

Take the beginning of Psalm 139 for example:
Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, Lord.

It is God’s desire to know us and to be known by us. That is the principle of following that we are going to explore this week. A fan knows about Jesus, a follower knows Jesus.

As we march toward Sunday, take some time in Psalm 139, one of my favourite pieces of scripture, to contemplate how deeply God already knows you.

Perhaps takes some time in John chapter 10 as well, where Jesus talks about being the good shepherd. In that section of scripture, Jesus talks about the sheep recognizing (knowing) the shepherds voice, and so they follow him.

The truth of the matter is that there are many competing voices in our world today, many things that push and pull us to follow. We must learn to hear the voice of the Shepherd, and the only way to do that is to know him enough that we recognize his voice.

See you Sunday.

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