I’m in the middle of a discussion on one of my posts to my personal page about God’s exhaustive foreknowledge. I’m looking for more verses where God says that He did not know something was going to happen. I’ve already brought up Jeremiah 19:5 and I’m still waiting for my friends reply to that I also plan on bringing up Deuteronomy 8:2. Does anyone have any suggestions of other verses?
The verse in reference:
Deu 8:2 And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
Throughout the Bible, God tests to know:
Gen 22:1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham… Gen 22:12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Exo 16:4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. Exo 33:5 For the LORD had said to Moses, “Say to the children of Israel, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. I could come up into your midst in one moment and consume you. Now therefore, take off your ornaments, that I may know what to do to you.’ ” Deu 13:3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Jdg 2:20 Then the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and He said, “Because this nation has transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers, and has not heeded My voice, Jdg 2:21 I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died, Jdg 2:22 so that through them I may test Israel, whether they will keep the ways of the LORD, to walk in them as their fathers kept them, or not.” 1Ch 28:9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. 1Ch 29:17 I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You. 2Ch 32:31 However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, whom they sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land, God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart. Psa 11:4 The LORD is in His holy temple, The LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. Psa 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. Psa 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; Psa 139:24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
This concept is found throughout the Bible in varied wording. God tests to know.
As to Jack’s original question, the verses are too numerous to count. Every time God becomes furious at the actions of mankind, this reveals that the future is not set. Every time God urges people to choose Him, this reveals that the future is unknown. Every time God repents or changes His plans or revokes His promises, this reveals that the future in unknown. In contrast to the Classical Theists, who rely on a small handful of texts ripped out of context and given undue prominence (and meaning), Open Theists just have to point to the story of the Bible.’
source: Christopher Fisher, “Answered Questions – Verses Where God Does Not Know What Will Happen” (godisopen).