I was recently going through a sermon series on Genesis when I noticed two separate references to God ‘remembering’. That prompted me to go on a search in the Old Testament narratives for other similar wording.
But first, does God ‘remembering’ something or someone imply that He forgot? Short answer: no. Long answer: this and many other descriptions used of God in the Bible are anthropomorphisms, which I briefly mentioned in this post. Simply put, God is described in human terms so that we can understand. God is all-knowing, and if He forgot something that would mean that a human would know something He doesn’t, which destroys His omniscience. (No, I didn’t come up with that on my own 🙂
So what does the Bible say He remembers?
- He remembers men (and animals)
- But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. —Genesis 8:1
- So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived. —Genesis 19:29
- He remembers women
- Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb. —Genesis 30:22
- Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.” —1 Samuel 1:19-20
- He remembers His covenant
- I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” —Genesis 9:15-16
- God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. —Exodus 2:24
- Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. —Exodus 6:5
- I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land. … But for their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the LORD. —Leviticus 26:42, 45