The Hebrew word yada means knowledge. Why would we talk about knowledge in our series about the different biblical words for love?
The men and women of the Old Testament were people of the land; simple and largely uneducated. They didn’t attend schools and colleges. They were farmers and shepherds who worked to survive. The important things to them were not books and classrooms but relationships.
When they talked about knowing something, they didn’t read about it or go through an intensive study program. The gained knowledge through relationships. Knowing someone meant that you spent time with them; talking, laughing, crying and working together.
Love is built on yada. It is intimate knowledge gained over time, acquired through interaction and closeness. This is why the Bible describes the most intimate physical relationship between a husband and wife as knowing one other.
How does this relate to God? Read this and think about what it means to know.
“I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”
That verse is not telling us to buy a Systematic Theology book or to go to a seminary. It is telling us that God wants time and closeness with us. He desires an intimate relationship more than anything else. He wants us to know and love Him like He knows and loves us.