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Thou Didst Hide These Things from the Wise and Intelligent

November 18, 2019

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Thou Didst Hide These Things from the Wise and Intelligent

It’s amazing  how some of those  who have been declared  the “smartest” people in the world  are amongst those  who are avowed atheists.      But,  even within the church,  there are some  with their doctorates in theology  and are experts in biblical languages  —  but,  they don’t have faith in Jesus.      We probably shouldn’t be surprised at this.      It has been this way  for thousands of years.

Jesus strongly preached  about this  in Matthew,  chapter 11.      There Jesus condemns those  who refuse to believe His witness  of all sorts of miracles.      The common people  had the common sense  to see and realize  that the miracles were real.      But,  those who considered themselves more intelligent,  and socially above preachers  like John the Baptist  and Jesus,  refused to repent  of their sins.      They didn’t think  they had any sins  that needed repentance.      Matthew 11:21-27 records Jesus’  scathing condemnation  of their unbelief.

“Woe to you,  Chorazin?      Woe to you,  Bethsaida!      For if the miracles had occurred  in Tyre and Sidon  which occurred in you,  they would have repented  long ago  in sackcloth and ashes.      Nevertheless  I say to you,  it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon  in the day of judgment,  than for you.

“And you,  Capernaum,  will not be exalted to heaven,  will you?      You shall descend to Hades;  for if the miracles  had occurred in Sodom  which occurred in you,  it would have remained  to this day.      Nevertheless  I say to you  that it shall be  more tolerable  for the land of Sodom  in the day of judgment,  than for you.”

At that time  Jesus answered  and said, “I praise Thee,  O Father,  Lord of heaven and earth,  that  Thou didst hide these things  from the wise  and intelligent  and didst reveal them  to babes.      Yes,  Father,  for thus  it was well-pleasing  in Thy sight.      All things  have been handed  over to Me  by My Father;  and no one knows the Son,  except the Father;  nor does anyone know the Father,  except the Son,  and anyone to whom  the Son wills to reveal Him.”

Jesus is declaring that these self-righteous,  intelligent people  —  whose arrogance closes their minds  —  are all  headed for hell  for their unbelief.

So,  each one today  needs to look at themselves  and ask some serious questions.      Do we know  that we are sinners,  headed for hell,  unless we repent?      Do we even realize  that our sins  condemn us?      Are we so engrossed  in pride  that we imagine  we aren’t sinful?

Do we see  how Jesus’ life,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection  are the fulfillment  of many Old Testament prophecies?      Do we realize  that it is statistically impossible  to fulfill so many prophecies,  made over thousands of years  of time,  all in the one man,  Jesus Christ?      In other words,  do we know  that Jesus really is  the one and only Savior  of the world,  who truly does  take away all  of our sins?

Those who imagine themselves  to be  “wise and intelligent”  will snorkel  and smirk  at such declarations.      They will laughingly say  believers are dumb.      All this,  knowing that Jesus said,   “No one knows the Son,  except the Father;  nor does anyone know the Father,  except the Son,  and anyone to whom  the Son  wills to reveal Him.”

Has it been revealed  to your heart  that Jesus has been proven  to be our Lord  and Savior?      Jesus,  true God  and true man,  revealed it.      That’s amazing!      God Almighty  is working in our hearts right now.      We might be considered  just common people,  but God  is with us.      And so,  Jesus gently invites us  in Matthew 11:28-30,

“Come to Me,  all who are weary  and heavy laden,  and I will  give you rest.      Take My yoke  upon you,  and learn from Me,  for I am gentle  and humble in heart;  and you shall find rest  for your souls.      For My yoke is easy,  and My load  is light.”

When God Almighty invites us,  His promises  stand sure.

Resting in the truths of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  all that You have done  over the years  shows  Your faithful and trustworthy love  towards us.      Keep us ever  in Your heart.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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