But Jesus did not commit himself to them, because he knew all men,…
Nature in all her realms lies open to His eye. Mankind in all its races are in His view. Every man's circumstances and thoughts are known to Him. This knowledge' is —
I. INTUITIVE Ours is dependent on human testimony; His utterly independent of it. Who told Him Zaccheus' name, or of the domestic history of the woman of Samaria, or of the treachery of Judas? And so now from heaven He addressed Saul of Tarsus by name and told the Asian churches that He knew their works. Still "All things are naked and open unto His eyes."
II. UNIVERSE. With instant discrimination He knew friend from foe, the enthusiasts which fed on His miracles, and that which was love to Himself. Where is there a man? Christ knows Him, one of a thousand millions. What is He doing in crowded mart or solitary cell? Christ knows all about it.
III. INTIMATE. He reads thoughts, feelings, affections, desires. Deception has no covering from Him; hypocrisy no mask He cannot pierce. Judas may deceive the twelve, he cannot deceive the Lord. There is no secrecy in sin. Conclusion: Take comfort from Christ's omniscience.
1. Are we in sorrows? Think of Hagar.
2. Do we give ourselves to prayer? Think of Nathanael.
3. Are we of doubtful mind? Think of Thomas.
(G. T. Coster.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,