November 3, 2018
You would not think that anything could be hidden from the wise, would you? Those who are wise have extra discernment, do they not?
To understand what Jesus said the the account below, we need to define “wise”. There is true wisdom, and then there a kind of “wisdom” which is self-perception and a claim to superiority. There is wisdom, and there is false wisdom. (Notice how John called “earthly wisdom” demonic? There is a non-PC declaration for you. In the world of spiritual things, there is no neutrality.)
One day in the earthly life of Jesus the Messiah, John the Baptist, who was languishing in prison, sent a query to Jesus. John had started to doubt who Jesus was, and he wanted some verification.
Jesus’ reply pointed to the miracles He had been doing for needy people. He then spoke well of John, saying that no one greater than John had appeared, but seemingly contradicting himself, said that the least in the Kingdom of God was greater than John.
This was followed by the Messiah pointing out the refusal to hear the good news of the Kingdom by the citizens of the cities and villages of Israel. When He was done with the discourse, He proclaimed praise to God the Father:
“I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, because this was Your good pleasure.”
Calls for humility are peppered throughout the Word of God. In another place Jesus said, “Except you become as children you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
How often do we approach challenges in life with the attitude and perspective of children? Why does He think it so crucial to entering the Kingdom of Heaven? What about smart people?
Those who are regarded as intellectual and smarter than average often exercise themselves to be cultural leaders. For many, it seems to them to be an entitlement. “I am an intellectual; therefore I deserve power and platform. Now vote early and often.”
Such individuals want to be admired for their abundant wisdom. Some sneer at people who believe the Word of God. For that matter, even those who do not necessarily have intellectual leanings and pretensions also sneer at it and at the idea objective truth exists.
Such people do not realize that true wisdom and understanding are hidden from them, by the fact that they will not regard the wisdom of God. This is a self-defeating practice. “I am smart and know things.” Such a self-perspective results in true wisdom being obscure. Wisdom is available to the humble and teachable person.
Pride builds impregnable walls. Humility and integrity are the first considerations for appointing someone to leadership. Without them, all a person has is an accumulation of facts and stories, with inability to make sense of them.