Hidden and revealed

Text: Matthew 11:25-30

Memorize: “At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will.'” Matthew 11:25-26 NET

Not everyone can see it. Those who think they see are the most blind. The learned, bless their hearts, tout their studies and cite their sources as proof of why it can’t be this way. All the while, the humble little people get it.

Learning is not bad. But it becomes a tool for pride. “Knowledge puffs up,” wrote Paul, and crowds out the love for God and others as it feeds itself with self-importance. With supposed understanding. With disdain for the simple man who desperately needs straightening out.

Thus it is in this prayer that Jesus praises the Father and both in word and deed recognizes him as “Lord of heaven and earth.” Because Jesus gets it.

Word Cue: Hide (Gr., krupto). “… God Himself judicially hides the knowledge of salvation from those who do not seek it seriously. …  Jesus extols the divine direction even in its paradoxical character, which sets in the wrong all human arrogance.” (Oepke, TDNT III: 973)

Prayer: Destroy my pride, O God, Lord of heaven and earth, that I might see your salvation. Amen.

Action Question: Where might my spiritual blind spots be keeping me from seeing what God wants to show me?


J. Randal Matheny

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