Jacob was a five year old neighbor. I picked him, his little brother Justin, and their older sister up for church while they lived next door to me. His little brother seemed clueless, but Jacob asked questions, during the worship service, before we went back to Sunday School. Most of his questions were about why I or other people he noticed had their eyes closed (prayer) and such.
Most of Jacob's questions though involved the pastor. Why is that? What is it about the reading of the Scriptures and preaching that captures a child's ears? Jacob asked after a shout, "He sounds mad, is he mad?" I said "No, he is just excited in a birthday kind of way." While the Pastor was reading aloud Genesis one, Jacob asked, "Why is he saying a lot of words?" Of course that sounded funny. And, I have heard many adults say similar things in different churches when they were tired or impatient. But, that's not what Jacob meant. He had never been to church before then. He didn't understand the reason behind what was happening. But he understood that there was a reason for it, and he wanted to know what the reason was.
It is natural for the mind of man to seek to understand and make meaning of the world around him. This starts at birth. Newborn babies memorize the faces of their parents. They learn to predict and expect parents to do certain things. When I took them home that Sunday, it took a few minutes to get anyone to the door, because Mom had worked until after ten the night before. Jacob tried pounding on the window, and then called through the door, "Open up Mom it's us...your sons." That woke the chihuahua up... and got the door opened. It sounded cute to me, him identifying himself.
Note that last part of verse 33 above, "and will be their God, and they shall be my people." That is a common phrase in the Bible. It's not a one timer. I've mostly found it in the prophetic books: major prophets, minor prophets, and the Revelation. But, it's in Genesis, too. I'm not posting the references simply because it occurs so frequently. It is a major theme throughout Scripture that God wants to draw mankind to Himself, and that God is calling you to Himself.
God's plan is so simple. He wants to have us for His own people. Everything he does is with the plan and purpose of saving us. He died on Calvary to save us from the wages of death.
Back to the point about the reading of Scriptures catching a child's ear. I've noticed that even dogs notice the difference in the sound of Scripture. Many animals seem quite religious, in the same way that some animals are just bad. We rescued one puppy a few years back that turned out to be sick. He was crying all night that first night. I put the audio tape of the book of Psalms on in the middle of the night and Tekoa laid down quietly and listened to the tape. I've also met a few dogs who were simply viscous. They certainly seemed to need a little bit of religious training. It is a given that the animal world is aware of God. Even Baalam's donkey could see the angel with the sword before Baalam could.
I wonder what it must have been like for Adam to walk through the cool garden with God each evening. That close companionship had to be very much like what God has in mind in the Jeremiah passage above. Enoch apparantly experienced that same type of walk with God. Genesis 5:24 Hebrews 11:5 The knowledge that brings you closer to God is a good thing. Enoch knew God.
There is a chorus we used to sing in church in McDonough... "Draw Me Close" by the Katinas. That is certainly the cry of the human heart. For, though we are all at some distance from God now, in that day, we will all know Him even as He knows us. 1 Corinthians 13:12