Like a parent with their child, there are times when God asks questions or makes requests and the point has nothing to do with gaining knowledge for himself – the point has to do with the gaining of knowledge for the other half of the conversation.
For example, John 4:16-19 says, “Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here. The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.”
Jesus already knew about the woman’s marriage situation. He didn’t ask her his question to find out the truth. Jesus asked his question to see if she was willing to acknowledge the truth. And that acknowledgement led to an understanding about the truth of Jesus.
This same truth remains with us. We’re not forced to answer the personal questions and requests of the gospel in order to allow God to learn more about us … answering the questions and requests of the gospel causes us to learn more about ourselves (Acts 5:1-3; 10:13-15; 24:25; 26:14).
Jesus knows everything there is to know about us (Isaiah 46:10), but answering his questions reveals how much we want to know about him. Think about that the next time you find Jesus asking someone a question.
“Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.” (John 2:23-25 NKJV)