The Hunger to Know [Hungry for God]

During Lent at Eastbrook Church, we are exploring how our hungers lead us to God in order to find true rest for our souls. The series, “Hungry for God,” parallels the season of Lent, and has a companion daily devotional that you can access here.

This weekend I explored the hunger to know. This is a very wide-ranging topic but I decided not to go deep into philosophical issues, such as epistemology, and instead focus on four key aspects of the hunger to know:

  1. The hunger to know ourselves
  2. The hunger to know the created order
  3. The hunger to know others and be known by others
  4. The hunger to know God, or the divine

I then turned toward Moses’ dialogue with God in Exodus 33-34, marked by an especially memorable request from Moses: “show me Your glory.”

You can view the message video and sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

“He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Aspects of the Hunger to Know

 

Challenges of the Hunger to Know

 

Moses and the Hunger to Know (Exodus 33:7-34:9)

The context: Moses’ regular, personal encounter with God (33:7-11)

Moses’ request for personal instruction (33:12-14)

Moses’ request for personal presence (33:15-17)

Moses’ request for personal revelation (33:18-23)

The encounter: unique, glorious, humble beginnings (34:1-9)

 

Four Ways to Re-learn ‘Knowing’

Fasting from the insatiable hunger of ravenous knowing

Savoring deep knowledge through appropriate curiosity

Finding satisfaction with transformational knowledge of God

Tasting the vulnerability of knowing and being known by others

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