Friday, April 26, 2013
Stories that Revealed Great Secrets
Matt. 13:35 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth to speak in parables;
I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”
Jesus had just completed an entire series of parables which helped the disciples understand that the spreading of the kingdom would be slow but methodical. There would be seeds that would be scattered. Some would take root. There would be a field planted, but the enemy would come and sow weeds. There would be a little yeast, but eventually it would be mixed throughout the entire dough. And now, finally, our author decides to let us in on a little secret. Jesus is talking this way on purpose. He is using the parables or stories as a way to fulfill prophecy and to reveal great secrets. It was Asaph the Psalmist who said:
Psa. 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
But there was a purpose in uttering the dark sayings, or in proclaiming the things that had been hidden. Back in Deuteronomy we read, "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the revealed things belong to us and to our children forever, to observe all the words of this law. " (Deut. 29:29) Jesus was now standing among the people, declaring in stories the great secrets of God and inviting all those who would listen into an eternal relationship with the LORD.
Do we ever become frustrated because we just don't think that God is speaking to us clearly enough? We wish he would just spell it all out there for us? The reality is that he is trying to speak to us in ways that we can understand. How arrogant might we be to think that we could understand all the mysteries of God the way that God understands them. We are told in the word that his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. There is no way in our limited human understanding that we could grasp all the intricacies of God's understanding. Therefore God has chosen to speak to us in a way that reveals himself to us.
There are those who would write-off Christianity as being simplistic and only for those who are uneducated. Sounds like the scribes and Pharisees again, doesn't it? They didn't want to stop and think about what was being revealed about the mysteries of God in the simple stories of Jesus. Jesus was revealing to those who would listen the secrets which had been hidden from the foundation of the world. Those very same truths are available to us today if we will simply take the time to listen to what he is really saying. His stories reveal to us the great secrets of the LORD which empower his children to live according to his law which is now written on our hearts. By the stories, by his revelation, Jesus is inviting us into a deeply intimate relationship with God, the Holy Trinity, in which the mysteries of God himself will be revealed to us.
Our responsibility is to move from the periphery -- where the religious leaders were standing -- and move into a place of intimacy with the LORD and allow the stories to penetrate into our hearts, revealing the great secrets of God. He loves and trusts us enough that he is willing to share his parables with you and with me.
Lord, thank you for your love, the stories, and the secrets. Amen.