Does God hide the truth (Matthew 11:25)?

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By BibleAsk Team


Matthew 11:25 in the New King James Version (NKJV) reads: “At that time Jesus answered and said, ‘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.'”

This verse is part of a larger passage where Jesus offers a prayer of thanksgiving to the Father. In this prayer, Jesus acknowledges God’s sovereignty and wisdom in revealing spiritual truths to certain individuals while concealing them from others. The concept of God hiding the truth from some requires careful examination of biblical teachings and principles.

Understanding Matthew 11:25

Context

The context of Matthew 11:25 is crucial for understanding its meaning. Jesus speaks these words after denouncing the unrepentant cities where He had performed miracles. Despite witnessing His mighty works, these cities had not repented. In contrast, Jesus praises God for revealing spiritual truths to those who are humble and childlike in heart. Here, Jesus presented the religious leaders of Israel as “the wise and prudent.” For they had the most opportunity to learn of the mission of the Messiah on the Old Testament books and then compared it to the ministry of Jesus (Matthew 11:20-24).

Because of their knowledge in the Scriptures, they had more advantage than the common people to see that He was the One whom the Scriptures spoke of (Matthew 2:4–6). It was for their benefit that Jesus spent the early part of His ministry in the area of Judea that they may see firsthand how His work was a direct fulfillment to prophecies (Matthew 4:12). For Christ’s “mighty works” (Matthew 11: 21, 23), presented a most convincing proof of the legitimacy of His message (John 5:36; 10:38; 14:11).

But the religious leaders made the decision to reject the truth that was first revealed to them (Hosea 4:6). So more revelation was not given to them (Mark 4:25). Even though God was more than gracious to them, they refused His light and desired a worldly Savior that would save them from the Romans and not from sin (John 8:44).

Therefore “these things” were hidden from the religious leaders, who didn’t wish to see them and revealed to the simple and pure in heart who were willing to know the truth. The Lord, who is truth, never forces His truth upon people that don’t want them (Matthew 7:6). The Bible tells us that God doesn’t use force. He says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20, NKJV).

The blind religious leaders considered Christ’s disciples who were mostly fishermen and farmers as babes in the law of God for they never attended their schools (Acts 4:13). But these unlearned individuals showed a higher degree of wisdom in realizing that Christ was indeed the Messiah who was sent from God to save fallen humanity (John 4:34).

Spiritual Insight

Jesus often contrasts the attitudes of the “wise and prudent” with those who are humble and receptive to God’s truth. The “wise and prudent” refer to the self-righteous and intellectually proud individuals who rely on their own understanding rather than seeking God’s revelation. In contrast, the “babes” represent those who approach God with humility, openness, and simplicity of heart.

Biblical Perspectives on God’s Revelation

Psalm 25:14 (NKJV)

“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.”

This verse emphasizes the intimate relationship between God and those who fear Him. God reveals His secrets and covenant to those who reverence Him and seek His guidance with sincerity and humility.

Proverbs 3:32 (NKJV)

“For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, but His secret counsel is with the upright.”

God’s secret counsel is given for the upright and those who walk in righteousness. Those who reject God’s ways and live in rebellion against Him are denied access to His divine wisdom and revelation.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NKJV)

“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”

This passage highlights God’s unconventional wisdom in choosing the weak and foolish things of the world to confound the wise. God’s selection criteria are not based on human status or intellect but on humility, faith, and obedience to His will.

Theological Considerations

Human Responsibility

God’s universal desire for all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). And He reveals His truths to all the seekers of the truth. But humans also bear responsibility for their response to God’s revelation. Those who reject or ignore God’s truth do so out of their own hardness of heart and refusal to submit to His authority.

Invitation to Seek God

The Scripture repeatedly exhorts individuals to seek God diligently and earnestly. Those who earnestly seek God with a sincere heart are promised that they will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13).

Conclusion

Matthew 11:25 offers profound insights into God’s revelation of spiritual truths. The Lord promises that all those who are humble and receptive, will certainly receive His truth. This passage underscores the importance of humility, faith, and obedience in the pursuit of divine wisdom. As believers, we are called to approach God with childlike faith and humility, trusting in His good will in the unveiling of His truths.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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