Thanks to those who offered their insights and feedback on my "what part of 'know' don't you understand" post the other day. I always enjoy other points of view and learning what certain passages convey to you. I couldn't help but also think of "those troubling verses" from Matthew 7 where Jesus is recorded as saying:
21"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'"
I never what? KNEW you? Seems like "knowing" is pretty important! Also Psalm 139 came to mind. It's a lovely Psalm of David and I shared part of it in this post yesterday.
The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary has this to say about that puzzling verse:
27"All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
'to reveal him-What a saying is this, that "the Father and the Son are mutually and exclusively known to each other!" A higher claim to equality with the Father cannot be conceived. Either, then, we have here one of the revolting assumptions ever uttered, or the proper divinity of Christ should to Christians be beyond dispute.'
In other end-of-Matthew 11 stuff, notice this:
20Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21"Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."
Jesus did most of his miracles in this area yet these people wanted the miracles without the repentance. They wanted the benefits and privileges of Jesus' presence - the healings, intervention (e.g. water into wine) - without the responsibility of turning from their wicked ways and walking with God. They didn't want accountability to a Higher Power, I suppose. Just like we often want freedom, but fail to realize with freedom comes great responsibility!
The passage continues,
25At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
I wrote in my notes, "I want to be one of the 'little children' - not the 'wise and learned.'" I continued with
hidden from wise & learned (educated and logical?)
and revealed to little children (those gullible and trusting?)
And why would this be? Is it that God likes the gullible types? Does He like those who simply trust and not question or doubt or have to have everything proven logically? Or is there some room for both?
And why would this be for the Father's "good pleasure"?