11. Jehovah-Jesus Knows the Heart

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Omniscience is one of the exclusive prerogatives of deity. Only God can read the hearts of His creatures. Let us note some of the Old Testament statements as to Jehovah’s knowledge of the heart and compare the same with those of a similar nature applied to our Lord in the New.
“Job answered the LORD [Jehovah], and said, I know that Thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from Thee” (Job 42:12).
“The LORD [Jehovah] searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee” (1 Chron. 28:9).
“The LORD [Jehovah] knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity” (Psa. 94:11). “By fire and by His sword will the LORD [Jehovah] plead with all flesh....For I know their works and their thoughts” (Isa. 66:16,18).
“O LORD [Jehovah], Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising; Thou understandest my thought afar off  ” (Psa. 139:1-2).
“The LORD [Jehovah] said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature;...for the LORD [Jehovah] seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD [Jehovah] looketh on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7).
“Yet have Thou respect unto the prayer of Thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD [Jehovah] my God....For Thou, even Thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men” (1 Kings 8:28,39).
“When Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?” (Luke 5:22).
“He knew their thoughts, and said to the man,...Rise up” (Luke 6:8).
“There arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by Him” (Luke 9:46-47). “Others, tempting Him, sought of Him a sign from heaven. But He, knowing their thoughts, said unto them” (Luke 11:16-17).
“Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto Him, Whence knowest Thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto Him, Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God; Thou art the King of Israel” (John 1:47-49).
“Immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?” (Mark 2:8).
“Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man; for He knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25).
“They prayed, and said, Thou, Lord [Christ], which knowest the hearts of all men, show whether of these two Thou hast chosen” (Acts 1:24).
Can any reader of the above parallelism fail to see that the Jehovah of the Old Testament is the Jesus of the New? Yes, Jesus is Jehovah.