Summary: It's great to know tht this great God of ours, rather than invite us to unremitting labor to earn His favor, calls us to relationship that is restful.

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Passage: Matthew 1:25-30

Intro: This is a fascinating little passage that is incredibly theological.

1. deals with the nature and exclusivity of Jesus, as well as the perplexing questions of election, clarity of revelation, and invitation.

2. I hope you will bear with me as I seek to understand the Word of God and the plan of God.

3. I was told in seminary never to preach questions, but on some issues you just have to break the rules!

4. let’s dive into a passage which most of the guys I looked at ignored in favor of vv28-30!

5. tempting, but we won’t yield!

I. A Mystery Explained, (I Hope)

1. several things to notice about v25

2. Jesus is happy about the truth expressed here.

3. includes two things: the hiding of “these things” from some people, and the revealing of them to others.

4. “these things,” in context, clearly point to the revelation about Jesus referred to earlier.

5. saw last week, some responded appropriately, others not.

6. v26, Jesus liked it, God is pleased by it.

7. first blush, run to the “election” debate and interpret based on our viewpoint.

8. but let’s break it down

9. first, notice the active sense of the verbs, “you have hidden, have revealed”

10. now our tendency is to jump directly to God’s elective purposes, but we need to slow down.

11. first thing, this “hiding and revealing” is very specific.

12. “from the wise and learned”, “to little children.”

13. don’t focus on earned degrees here, or age.

PP “The contrast here is between those who are self-sufficient and deem themselves wise and those who are dependent and love to be taught.”

DA Carson

14. but recognize the glimmer of cause and effect here.

15. hidden specifically from the wise (proud, arrogant)

16. and revealed to those who are willing to listen and learn.

17. 2nd thing we need to remember is that there has been some revelation from God that He refers to as completely clear, unhidden

PP Psalms 19:1-4

PP Romans 1:19-20 “made it plain”

18. so there has been some revelation from God that has been absolutely clear; enough to hold people accountable for their response.

19. we don’t have to equate revelation or hiddeness with final election or non- election

20. if something is hidden from you, you can’t understand the code.

PP string of code

21. in this case, the wise and learned have rejected the clear revelation of God and now look for truth where it cannot be found, where it is very actively “hidden” from them .

22. and the “little children” who believe the unhidden truth now are enabled to access the further revelation of Jesus.

23. Did God enable them to see? Maybe.

24. does not mean they must respond, but they can understand it.

25. whatever the final understanding, Jesus is pleased with the plan and purpose of God.

II. In the End, It’s All About Jesus

1. v27 is an amazing. Much like another verse we love:

PP John 14:6

2. but look at this amazing statement!

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