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Q. Every now and then in Scripture, I read about God asking people questions. Why would God, Who knows everything, bother to ask people things?

A. It is true that Scripture provides many examples of God asking a person something, beginning as early as Genesis 3! It is also true that God is omniscient (all-knowing). So we must conclude that God was not asking questions so He could learn something. Rather, He was asking questions to get the person to think. He asked questions to motivate people to change their ways, to draw them to Himself, and to teach them truth.

This article appeared in the “Q & A” column of the Baptist Bulletin by Norman A. Olson. 

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