Jesus Wants "Yada" (pt 3)

In the previous post in this series I explored the concept of knowing God through the experience of the rich young ruler. In the end, this young man traded a true experience with God for the temporary pleasures of this world. And we may look at him and think this guy is dumb. But as we point the finger at him, 3 fingers point back to us. Because this is what we do. This is humanity. We spend our lives trading the eternal presence of God for temporary nonsense. 

A romantic escapade. 
A bottle of alcohol. 
A mind altering chemical. 
A job. 
A career. 
Money without worth. 
Fragile power. 
Lonely fame. 

These are the things that we trade Jesus for. And the madness continues as we run back and forth desperately seeking satisfaction and purpose and all the while, there he is. Jesus, is what you desire most. 

In Philippians 3:8, Paul - a once respected and powerful man who had given up everything to follow Jesus - said this:

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.

The rich rung ruler had so much, but he wouldn't give it up. Paul also had a lot and yet he traded all of it just to know Jesus. What is your excuse?

In the Greek the word to know is ginosko. It means knowledge, understanding. But in Hebrew the word means something more. In Hebrew the word to know is yada. And it is used when referring to sexual intimacy. Because in the marriage bed you come to know your loved one in a way that transcends mere head knowledge. Yada means experience. Pleasure. Joy. Intensity. It is used to define the most sacred act between two human beings. And thats how God wants to know you. And thats how he wants you to know him. Yada. Not just ginosko. But yada


A faith that transcends mere information and enters the sphere of experience. Here it is in plain Hebrew guys: Jesus wants Yada.

Last year I met up with a friend at a Thai restaurant in Vic Park. We sat down to eat and talk and when it was time to order I went straight for the greatest meal a human being could ever ask for: curry. And what I experienced over the next 20 minutes - as this Thai curry came into contact with my gustatory system, which then used a form of chemoreception that allowed my body to interpret the curry substance as the most delicious thing I had ever eaten - was amazing.* According to "[t]here are five main types of taste sensation: bitter, salty, sweet, sour, and savory."** And on this day, it was the savory sensation, also known as umami, that was going crazy. So when this curry substance came into contact with my taste buds they began to dance with each other. And I was like, woah. This is good.

The next day I was back in the area with Candice and suggested we visit this same restaurant so that she could try this Thai curry. And I went on and on about how good it was and we were like all excited to go back. But then I checked my budget and was like, "dude, were broke. Not going to happen." And the sadness of the situation hit me.

My wife will never know what this Thai curry is like even if she has all the knowledge of it. I could talk about it until she can parrot me. She may even recommend the Thai curry to others. But it isn't until she fills her spoon with this curry, and places it in her mouth, it isn't until her gustatory system is activated and begins the process of chemoreception, it isn’t until the liquid and spices enter into yada with her taste buds and they begin to dance together and in a poetic experience of pleasure and joy and intensity that she can truly say "This curry is good."

And that’s what our relationship with God should be like. David, in a burst of passion and desire cries out "Oh taste and see that the Lord, he is good" (Psalm 34:8). God is calling us to more than just knowing all about him. He wants us to be honest with ourselves. Admit our brokenness. Trade it for Jesus. And allow him to have our entire being. Then and only then, can we yada the eternal one.




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