Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 46
Matthew:11:25-30 Rest for the Weary
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What is God doing?
"Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes".
This is not to say that God has something against being wise and prudent; it is exhorted throughout the Bible, the BookOfProverbs itself is a book for the instruction of wisdom. This is to say that the types of people spoken of here are wise and prudent in their own eyes, they are puffed up, the are vain in their own glory. Very little need be hid from them concerning God because they purposely hide HIM from themselves. However there is indication that certain things about creation need to be hid so that they do not become more evil than God limits. Recall that God confused their tongue when they sought to build a tower to the heavens.
"So it seemed good in thy sight"
True wisdom requires the reverence towards God. Why would HE give it to any other? The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. In order to know one's space or position in the grand scheme one must first know God's. This requires honesty and sincerity, seeking and longing for, a level opinion of one's self, a clear examination of one's heart and intents. These things in and of themselves are good; it is only right that God desire them in us. Though they are highly spoken of in secular literature, the very notions of each are highly corrupted as are all things, essential elements are sorely missing. To the central core requirement they have become reprobate.
"All things are delivered unto me of my Father"
Creation has been described as a love gift from the Father to the Son; it is for the Son that the Father created all things. The Son was there when the Father made all things. All things were made by the Father through the Son. All things are being restored unto the Son. All the Son's enemies will be put under His footstool. He will be Lord over all things. For His part the Son is obeying everything the Father is telling Him to say or do even unto His own cross on which He will suffer the judgment due for sins committed by the love gift during this present time.
What is man doing?
"No man knoweth the Son, but the Father"
There has been a cloud of mystery surrounding the Son. He has been spoken of by the prophets. As much detail as they have given us it still requires additional revelation. I have often wondered if the prophets themselves would have recognized the incarnate Christ face to face had the chance been given. Part of that may be because of the missing (shrouded) information and part because of the corrupted directions we have tugged the available details and part of that because plainly we just don't want to.
"Neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son"
Clearly, as much as the nation of Israel thinks that they know about the Father, it is not enough for them to obey HIM. Clearly as much as the nation thinks that they are obeying the Father given the state of the nation they most certainly are being shown that they do not. Look back on the history of the nation. Was there ever a time that God said to them thank you for being such a obedient people? if only the other nations were as obedient as you? This only goes to show that they do not know the Father nor does anyone else. Had they known the Father they would have known the Son. The advantage of Israel was that they had been given the oracles of God, the sad reality is that they still sought not to know their God.
"He to whomsoever the Son will reveal him"
So then given this condition of unknowing blanketing all mankind what is requires is a further revelation from the Father. Jesus at this gospel point of time is in the process of being that further revelation. Everything that the Father is directing Him towards and attesting to with signs and wonders is revealing Jesus to be the Son. There is no other in all of history to whom divine right and position been so richly attested to in such a thorough and obvious manner. In so doing the Son as well is revealing the true nature of the Father.
What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?
"Come unto me"
Not all is revealed until we actually come to the Son, to sit at His feet and learn of Him and HIM. Enough is there to know that He is of God and of our desperate need, but to actually know more is to walk alongside Him these remaining years and be shown. Wisdom and prudence are become relationship and proximity and faithfulness.
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me"
Otherwise the burden is all upon us and what we are able to make out of the many incomplete evidences, sorting and sifting through the many partial truths, the discernment of what is pure fact and what is distorted corruption. It is an impossible task therefore neither wise nor prudent. It ends where it begins in a circle of hard hardheartedness to God as HE has better chosen to reveal HIMSELF.
"Ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light"
Jesus has already done the heavy lifting as only He could. While the others are on an endless path of self enlightenment (and I fear what they will learn of themselves once enlightened to what they really are), we are on a path of His revealing of the Father and the Father's revealing of Him and of us the true love gift created and called unto glory and virtue.
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