Hiding in plain sight?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 10:42am

The 72 that Jesus had sent out returned with stories of success.  Luke 10:21 says that Jesus "was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, "O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the child-like.  Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way."

Some would think this is bad behavior, for God to "hide" anything from people, especially truth.  Would a loving God do that?  People have their preconceived ideas about the character of God, how He should act towards us, and the simple truth is God is God and He is not subject to our interpretation but our reverence and praise.

Our reaction to this verse should be, "Am I child-like in trusting God, and if I'm not, how do I become child-like?"  We should bend our knee and lower our head in submission to our Lord and King and not think of ourselves as more than we are.  Wisdom only comes from the fear of God.  Any other so-called wisdom is foolishness.

He continues, v22 "My Father has given me authority over everything.  No one really knows the Son except the Father, and no one really knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him."  vs 23 "How privileged you are to see what you have seen.  I tell you, many prophets and kings have longed to see and hear what you have seen and heard, but they could not."

Again, we should have the attitude and heart of seeking God with a lowly heart, not a lofty, arrogant mindset because it's up to Jesus whether He reveals the truth to us or not.  Only Christ can bring revelation of truth to us because He is truth.