When I was still a young believer, I read that Jesus thanked Yahweh that He hid the truth from the wise and prudent but revealed it to babes. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Of course, we can understand why God might not want to give His truth to the arrogant and hard-hearted, who are not going to receive it anyway. Jesus did say we are not to cast our pearls before swine. But not only does God sometimes hide the truth from such people, He also hides truth from those who would receive His Word and repent.
When Ezekiel was sent to bring Yahweh’s Word to Israel, he was warned that God’s people would not receive what he had to say. Yahweh also told Ezekiel that, had he been sent to an alien nation, who spoke another language, His Word would have been received. Nonetheless, the LORD chose to send truth to His own children and have it rejected, rather than send truth to the lost who would
11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.embrace it.
In the New Covenant, Jesus is asked why He spoke in parables. Jesus replied that, while it is given to the disciples to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom, to those who are without He spoke in parables, so they would not hear the truth, understand it, repent and have their sins forgiven. Jesus implies that if these people were to hear Him speaking plainly they would repent and He would have to forgive them. So He went out of His way to make sure they would not understand Him. But why would God do such a thing? Doesn’t he want every sinner, no matter how horrible, to repent and be saved? Apparently not. What do these scriptures tell us about the heart of God?
For one thing, Yahweh is a person and desires intimate relationships. Like every person, He has preferences. While He promised His people to cover them with favor, as with a shield, He makes it clear He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy. Psalms declares Yahweh does whatsoever he pleases. Paul asks, “Who has first given to God, that it might be recompensed to him again?” And Yahweh asked Job, “Who has a claim against me, that I should repay him?”
God is not a lawyer. He has not signed a contract. His life comes to us by grace. This has disturbing implications. Paul says we should work out our own salvation in fear and trembling. He points out the righteous are scarcely saved. “Where,” he asks, “shall the sinner and unbeliever stand?”
God has an eternal plan. We were saved before we were created. The Lamb was slain before the world began. For whatever reason, the LORD does not save everyone who can be saved. Resurrection life starts and ends with God, and the dead cannot arise on their own.
Being aware that we are partakers of an eternal mystery, hidden from the angels, and that our salvation is fully dependent on Yahweh’s mercy, should give us pause to carefully consider our walk with the LORD. We are obviously special to Him. We are His bride. However, it is clear that when a man sleeps with every woman he meets, it is safe to say his own family is not special to him in any meaningful way.