Yada… Yada… Yada…
Today I am feeling extremely ambitious, I have been studying the Hebraic roots of certain words contained in the Old Testament. While I have been studying many words, one specific word has been repeatedly revealing itself, and it provides a new perspective on how God shows his love and mercy to us and through us.
The Hebrew word “yada” is versatile in nature and can be used in many different contexts including in Scripture. However, the root meaning of the word is “To Know.”
“Adam knew [yada] his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain… Cain knew [yada] his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch… Adam knew [yada] his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth…” (Genesis 4:1, 17, 25)
Here we see a very intimate kind of knowledge. However, a strictly sexual relationship does not mean we are experiencing yada! In other words, yada is dedicating ourselves to a person so we can engage them with our love and affection.
God has a Yada love for us, engaging us in love and affection through His provision and His wisdom which we see all throughout the Psalms and the Old Testament.
I do not think that we are truly able to “yada” the word “yada.” In other words, I don’t think such a word used to described such a heavenly knowledge can be fully understood. God gives us examples such as the one above to show us on earth how intimate of a knowledge it truly is. The heavenly expanse of such knowledge is condensed and simplified so that human minds may be able to grasp even a portion of it. Which shows how vast God’s knowledge is and how small and childish our knowledge is in comparison.
We have all heard the phrase, “We cannot just know about God, we have to KNOW God.” There is a difference between the earthly definition of the word “know,” which is simply head knowledge, and the Hebrew word, yada, which means to have an intimate knowledge of (at least in this context).
In Another Context…
When we look at some of the wisdom books we see another form of the word yada:
“The righteous know [yada] the needs of their animals, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.” (Proverbs 12:10)
yadadrop says this:
“Wisdom literature frequently creates a dichotomy between good and evil. In this case, a good person knows the needs of their animals and takes care of them; an evil person neglects the needs of their animals and shows no mercy. In other words, yada is understanding the needs of those around us and taking care of them.”
Wow, reread that last sentence… Yada is understanding the needs of those around us and taking care of them. God “yada’s” us, which can also be seen as God understanding the needs of His people and then taking care of them.
This is demonstrated best in the story of Jesus. God knew that we were in desperate need of a savior. We were destined for hell with absolutely nothing that we could have done in and of ourselves to avoid eternal punishment. God knew our needs which is why He sent His son [Jesus] to meet those needs on the cross.
We need a savior, and salvation is something that we can’t earn in our own strength. We are blessed to have a God that wants to “yada” us. He desires to have an intimate, loving, and merciful relationship with us. That is why He sent His son to die for us, because of His great love and desire for our souls. If you have questions or want more information on how to understand His love for you. Please do not hesitate to send me an email at the Contact Us page.