As Christians, we understand that God made everything, understands everything, and can do everything.
Knowing this, it is hard to understand why there is so much sin in this world. After all, if sin is so repulsive to God, and it is, and God has the power to stop it, then why doesn’t He? That is a question that all Christians ask themselves at some point.
It seems no longer such a mystery to me, because I understand that though God has the power to do anything, He also has the power not to do something. If He has the power to see the future then He also has the power not to see the future. In other words, God has the power to see only what He wants, or thinks proper, to see.
As I am given more under standing about God, from God, I see that He does not ask, or command, anything from us that He does not also do. He says that we should love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, because that is how He loves us. He says that we should treat others the same as we want to be treated, which is just a different way to state the first commandment, and so, He treats us the same way that He would have us treat Him.
I see that it is wrong to look at another’s sin. God says do not judge and if I do not look at another’s nakedness (sin) then I will not, even cannot, judge. Therefore, it is clear to me that God will not look at sin, before it is time.
Some of the verses that lead me to understand that God chooses not to look at sin, before it happens, are Genesis 3:21(NIV) “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” God did not want to see their sin, so it is wrong to look at another’s sin and it is apparent that only God could make a covering that could obstruct His view. Adam and Eve, understanding that they needed a covering for sin, had attempted to make a covering, but it was not effective. If it had been, there would have been no reason for God to make another one. We look at this and say to ourselves that God did not want to look at their physical nakedness, but it was their sin that needed a covering. This also explains why God asked if they had eaten from the tree, instead of stating that they had.
This understanding is reinforced in Genesis 9:21-23, where it is indicated that it is wrong to look at another’s nakedness. Gen 9:21-23 (NIV) “When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father’s nakedness.”
It is also explained in Gal 3:26&27 (NIV) “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” We have donned the covering that God has offered and therefore He does not see our sin.
If it is wrong for us to look at another’s sin then you can rest assured that God will not: until judgment. (Isaiah 28:21)
You see, it makes clear why God said to Abraham (Gen 22:12 NIV)”Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Not to obey God would have been a sin and God would not look into the future to see sin, so He did not know that Abraham would obey Him, until Abraham was about to do so.
This explains many verses in the Bible that show God did not know something. Genesis 6:5-7 is one of those situations that become clear, when one understands that God will not look at sin. I am sure there are many more and the next time you read something in the Bible and say to yourself that God should have known that, you may understand that He did not, and why He did not.