Sunday, June 5, 2016

Luke 10:21-24

Luke 10:21-24
In the same hour He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I confess to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding and you revealed these same things to children.  Yes, Father, because in this way good will became in your presence.”  And after turning to His disciples, He said, “All things have been given to me by my Father.  And nobody knows who the Son is except the Father – and who is the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son desires to reveal Him.  And after turning to the disciples by themselves, He said, “Blessed are the eyes that have seen all that you see.  For I say to you all that many prophets and kings desired to see what you all see – and they did not see – and to hear what you all heard – and they did not hear.”

Thoughts for Today

First Thought:

Luke gives us another inside look into the private mentoring that Jesus did.  Jesus’ words here are so interesting.  God has intentionally hidden what He is doing in the Messiah from the wise and the understanding.  Learn this lesson.  When we think we have everything understood, we stop listening and stop being willing to learn.  When we stop listening and stop being willing to learn, we stop being humble.  When we stop being humble, we find ourselves on the outside of what God is doing.  God doesn’t have a problem with wisdom and understanding.  God granted such things to Solomon.  Jesus didn’t have any trouble talking to Nicodemus, who was a member of the Sanhedrin.  God has a problem with the fact that humans often respond to having wisdom and understand by ceasing to rely upon Him and His understanding.

Do you ever think you have everything figured out?  When are you most susceptible to this kind of situation?

Second Thought:

Next, Jesus tells His disciples that nobody knows the Son except the Father.  That makes sense.  After all, how many people in the scope of human history have missed the fact that Jesus is the Messiah?  But then we also hear that nobody knows the Father except the Son and those that the Son allows.  This is really an intriguing concept.  We cannot know the Father except through Jesus.  Again, if we think about it then it should make sense.  Elsewhere we hear Jesus tell His disciples that nobody comes to the Father except through the Son.  But the implications of this teaching are huge.  You might think you know the Father.  But if you don’t know the Son, Jesus is telling us that you can’t know the Father.

Do you know the Son?  How do you know?  Do you know the Father?  How do you know?

Third Thought:

Jesus ends this passage with a fairly obvious point.  The disciples are incredibly blessed to see what they’ve seen.  How many people prior to Jesus would have done anything to be alive during the time of the Messiah?  How many people after Jesus ascended have come to the faith and wished that they could have seen Jesus’ works in person?  The disciples were incredibly blessed to live when they did.

Have you ever experienced God’s hand at work?  How blessed are we in those circumstances?

Passage for Tomorrow: Luke 10:25-28
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