It Was Concealed from Them

//It Was Concealed from Them

Monday, February 1

You have hidden these things from the wise and intellectual ones and have revealed them to young children.Matt. 11:25.

Of course, Jesus did not mean that his disciples were children in a literal sense. Rather, he knew that they seemed to be children compared to the intellectual and highly educated ones in the land, who were wise in their own eyes. More important, Jesus taught his followers to be like children, remaining humble and teachable.  How did they benefit from being humble? By means of holy spirit, Jehovah helped them to grasp vital spiritual truths while the wise and intellectual ones, who scorned them, remained blinded by Satan and by their own pride. No wonder Jesus was so pleased! It made him happy to see the way Jehovah revealed deep spiritual truths to humble people of all sorts, regardless of their education or intellectual gifts. He was delighted that his Father approved of this way of teaching.

COMMENTARY

Spiritual blindness is a very real phenomenon. Unfortunately, those who are afflicted with it are always unaware of their condition, as Jesus indicated in his counsel to the anointed Christians of the Laodicean congregation, where he stated: “but you do not know that you are miserable and pitiful and poor and blind and naked…”

Take the case of the apostles. The Daily Text states that Jehovah helped them grasp vital truths. That is surely true. But God also hid something from them. Like what? Consider the account at Luke 9:44-45, where Jesus said: “‘Listen carefully and remember these words, for the Son of man is going to be betrayed into men’s hands.’ But they did not understand what he was saying. In fact, it was concealed from them so that they might not grasp it, and they were afraid to question him about this saying.”

The question is, why was the reality of Christ’s death concealed from them prior to the actual event? The reason has to do with the fact that Satan had demanded to have the disciples in order to sift them as wheat —meaning, Jehovah intentionally did not open their minds to understand what Jesus was saying so that their faith could be tested when Jesus was taken from them.

The same dynamic is in play now too. The Governing Body are blind to the fact that there is a future coming and presence of Christ. It has been absolutely concealed from them. And consequently, it has been concealed from all of Jehovah’s Witnesses as well.

Only a relative handful of organizational misfits and people who have been ostracized  from the Watchtower for whatever reason, have any understanding of Jehovah’s purpose in this regard.

The actual coming of Christ will force everyone to act on faith, provided we actually have faith.

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