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Babes and Revelation. 020715

Jesus says, “Thank you Father, Lord of [all], that you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them to babes. (infants).” Matt. 11:25  What is this passage really saying to us, here in affluent 21st Century America?

Who are the ‘wise and prudent’?  They are the well-educated and disciplined, the intelligent and self-controlled, the properly trained, socially acceptable, law-abiding.  Just the kind of people the world wants to know.  Jesus says, “Thank you Father, that You wanted to hide the truth about You from those people.  I’m glad; I agree with you!” (Tex’s paraphrase)

And then He says: “revealed them to babes.”  Just the opposite.  How unwise and un-prudent can you get?  Babes not only haven’t learned.  They’re totally untrained, totally helpless, totally undisciplined, totally uncontrolled, totally undeserving, totally unable to figure out what’s going on.  And God, the Father, with Jesus, the Son applauding, revealed these things to people who don’t know how to row; they can’t even find the boat.  Maybe, probably, ‘babes’ includes people who are poor, people who don’t quite get it; don’t quite have it; mentally or emotionally, psychologically or socially.

The best part is ‘revealed‘.  God didn’t make ’em go to college; take a pilgrimage, or fast or pray, or beg for mercy.  He just revealed it to them.  Why?  Because He was looking at their hearts, and He knew they’d be genuinely glad to receive the truth and the light and the miracles of Jesus.  He knew they’d respond by trusting Him to take care of them.  He knew they were the ‘fertile ground’ that was waiting to receive the seed of His truth.  Hallelu Jah!

And then Jesus says, “No one knows Me except the Father, and no one know the Father except Me, and those to whom I choose to reveal Him.” Jesus chose to reveal God (by instant transmission, a flash of Light) to those babes.  Guess the best we can hope for is to be one of the babes.  I’m afraid I don’t know how to act like a babe, much less be one.  I can only hope Jesus will reveal Himself to me, in spite of myself.

You know what’s so great about revelation?  You don’t have to work at it.  It just sorta comes to you.  Usually when you’re not even looking; not even expecting it.  Babes get revelation (from Jesus).  How do you get it?  You “humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10

Blessed are the poor in spirit, 010615

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

“Blessed are the poor in spirit.”  Blessed (happy; well spoken of) are people who realize they’re not much good; they don’t amount to much; they don’t perform very well.  Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Did you hear that?  They have heaven.  Not later.  Now.

Makes me think of another passage, one in 1 Corinthians 1: 26:  “For you see from your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.”   The point is that if you realize you’re not very wise, not very mighty, not very noble (of high birth), then you are already a lot closer to God and to the attitude He wants us to have.

Oh, and what about Matthew 11:25-26, where Jesus said in a prayer, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.  .  .”  He has hidden things from the ‘wise and prudent’: the well-educated and disciplined, the intelligent and self-controlled, the properly trained, socially acceptable, law-abiding.  Just the kind of people the world wants to know.  Jesus says, “Thank you Father, that You wanted to hide the truth about You from those people.  I’m glad; I agree with you!”  I suppose some might disagree, but to me that is exactly what He’s saying.

And that’s just the beginning.  Not only ‘hidden’ from the ‘wise and prudent’, but ‘revealed them to babes.’  Just the absolute opposite.  ‘Babes’ yet.  How unwise and un-prudent can you get?  Babes not only haven’t learned.  They’re totally untrained, totally helpless, totally undisciplined, totally uncontrolled, totally undeserving, totally unable to figure out what’s going on.  And God, the Father, with Jesus, the Son applauding, revealed these things to people who don’t know how to row; they can’t even find the boat.  ‘Babes’.  (and babes may be the same people who Jesus referred to as “poor in spirit” and/or that Paul referred to as not wise, not mighty, not noble)

And to me the best part is ‘revealed’.  God didn’t make ’em go to college; He didn’t make them take a pilgrimage, or fast or pray, or beg for mercy.  He just revealed it to them.  He picked the ones who couldn’t possibly do anything to pay Him back, and shined His Light into their hearts.  Because He wanted to.  Because He knew they’d be genuinely glad to receive the truth and the light and the miracles of Jesus.  Because He knew they would respond by trusting Him to take care of them.  Because He knew they were the ‘fertile ground’ that was waiting to receive the seed of His truth.  Hallelu Jah!

Finally, in Luke 18:17, it says “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”  Wait!  What did it say back up there in Matthew 5:3? “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  I think the ‘kingdom of God’ and the ‘kingdom of heaven’ is the same place.  So the ‘poor in spirit’ may be the same people as the ‘little children’, and from these passages we can draw the same conclusion: that God wants to reveal His truth, and His gifts of the Spirit, and HIS LIFE, to those of us who are poor in spirit enough to humble ourselves and come as little children, trusting that He is going to take care of us, like He says He will.