Food for the Spirit

(John 6:1-14)

These verses relate to the feeding of the five thousand, which is a remarkable miracle any way that you look at it. I have written about this miracle several times already as I covered it in each of the other three gospels, so I will not cover that aspect again. If you want to see what I said in those other posts, the links are at the bottom of the page. Instead let us look at what the Bible says about the food of the Spirit (and it will not make you fat!)good food

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Why the Buck Doesn’t Stop Here

(Luke 12:13-21)

Most people would look at this title and wonder what the heck is going on. It is a common saying that “The Buck Stops Here” which was popularised by President Harry Truman who meant it to mean that ultimately he took responsibility for most things. Some have “bent” its meaning over the years and wish for the buck to stop with them, that is to accumulate wealth.

But Jesus taught in this section a different perspective on this attitude, both in terms of responsibility and money.

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Damned If You Do Damned If You Don’t

(Luke 7:31-35)

Sometimes you just can’t win! Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do you will be damned if you do and damned if you don’t. And that is exactly what Jesus was saying in this section of scripture.

You Just Can’t Win

confusedThe Pharisees and scribes opposed Jesus and judged him for many things. They wanted to tear him down because he was a threat to their way of life. Jesus ministry was undermining their power base and the hold they had over the people by administering the law.

Jesus was teaching that you could be set free from sin and the law, and that did not sit well with the Pharisees and the scribes. They took any opportunity to condemn what he was doing and saying, and here Jesus showed the complete pig-headedness and falseness of their approach.

Damned If You Do

Both Jesus and John the Baptist came preaching a message of salvation. Both Jesus and John the Baptist were opposed by the Pharisees who in their pride and arrogance refused to see the truth.

Jesus and John the Baptist were very different when they came to the people and taught. Here, Jesus pointed out some of the differences.

John the Baptist was in the wilderness preaching the word, and all the people went out to him. He wore a garment made of camel hair, drank only water and ate only locusts and wild honey. He did not drink any wine and ate no bread or meat. Today he would be considered to be living an alternative, “get away from it all”, country, vegetarian lifestyle.

Damned if You Don’t

Jesus then came along and was basically a city dweller. He ate meat, bread and fish and he drank some wine. He wore a robe and regular cloth garments. He taught the people in the synagogues initially and when his fame grew too great he taught them in the open plains and the seaside.

It was almost as if in their lifestyle that Jesus and John the Baptist were two sides of a coin. They were poles apart in how they came and appeared to the people.

But in their teaching they were aligned. The message of salvation and obedience to God was identical for they both were led by the Holy Spirit and spoke the truth as they proclaimed the gospel of salvation to the people.

Changing the Status Quo

As far as the Pharisees were concerned, neither Jesus nor John met with their approval. And Jesus showed them that regardless of the approach he or John took it could not and would not satisfy the arrogance of these stiff-necked Pharisees and scribes. They were never going to be in harmony with the truth.

That is why he uses the analogy of children playing in the market place saying, “We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.” (Verse 32) Children play games and look for others to join in their games. If they don’t get others to join in they change the game to suit.

But regardless of the game being played, the Pharisees would not join in. Regardless of the approach taken to spread the gospel of the truth, the Pharisees would not accept it, either from Jesus or John the Baptist. The Pharisees and scribes were not interested in joining in and learning the truth for they wanted to remain as they were with their own power base.

They were resisting change to hold onto the status quo, even though it was clear from both Jesus and John the Baptist that change was in the air. The world was about to be turned upside down, but they would not listen regardless of the source of the message. The people listened and found the truth, but the religious leaders of the time refused to accept the truth and so be saved.

How Does This Relate to Today?

Are things any different today? There is an established religion that is deep set in its traditions and forms of worship that often have little bearing or alignment with the truth of the scriptures. There is a lack of harmony with the truth of the gospel as taught by Jesus and the apostles.

There are some who choose to ignore or even say that some of the fundamentals of the gospel and the truth no longer apply today. For example, some believe baptism is not necessary or the reason for baptism is different to what the Bible teaches. Some believe receiving the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues is not necessary; that it was only for the spreading of the gospel in the beginning of the New Testament age. Some believe that you can be accepted by God on the basis of good works even though the Bible teaches we can only be accepted by faith and not works.

There are many issues in some of the traditional teachings in many churches that do not accord with the truth of the gospel. It is important then for each of us to study God’s word in the Bible, come to him in prayer when we have questions and learn the truth from Jesus Christ himself. Certainly listen to what others say, but find out for yourself and measure all that you hear against the gospel.

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Looking at Things as Jesus Sees Them

(Mark 14:1-9)

In some of my recent posts I have alluded to the way that the Lord does not look at things as man does. The Lord looks at things from a spiritual perspective, but man sees things in a physical way. Naturally this is because Jesus is spirit and man is flesh. So man sees things and perceives the world through what can be understood using his five senses. He makes decisions, assessments and judgements based on what he sees, hears, feels and so on as things exist within the physical realm.

But Jesus looks at all things as God looks at things. God is spirit and so too is Jesus, so he sees, perceives and understands things in a spiritual way which is beyond what a man can understand just with his senses.

Jesus taught this principle saying that we too need to perceive things in a mosr spritual way. In John 7:24 he said, Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.” Again he emphasised this principle in John 8:15 while upbraiding the Pharisees saying, “You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.” This same principle is repeated many times throughout Jesus’ ministry and we see it in action in the things Jesus said and did in various situations.

One such situation is this one in Mark 14:1-9. Here a womand brought a flask of costly ointment, pure nard, which she broke open and poured on Jesus’ head anointing him with it. Some of those about him were indignant saying to themselves, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” (Verse 4-5)

This is typical of the way man sees things. It’s all about making a profit. Where can there be a dollar made in this thing! And we know from other versions of this event that it was Judas Iscariot who made these comments, not because he cared for the poor, but he was a thief and he stole from the money bag. (John 12:3-8)

But then we see Jesus’ response. He said to leave the woman alone for she had done a beautiful thing to him. He said you will always have the poor and can aid them at any time you want, but that he would not always be there and the woman had done what she could for him. In essence when you come down to it, Judas had no right saying or thinking that the woman should sell the ointment and give it to the poor. It was her ointment and she had the right to do with it as she pleased. Sure she could have given it to the poor, but that was not what she wanted to do. She wanted to give it to the Lord and He saw it as a preparation for his imminent death and burial and that she would always be remembered through the scriptures for this beautiful sacrifice she had made for the Lord’s sake.

So we see in Jesus words and behaviour an entirely different perspective to that of the men. Jesus saw a beautiful action done for him, the men saw waste and a loss of potential profit. Jesus saw a gift bestowed upon him out of love, joy and adesire to please the Lord. The men  saw it as foolishness and a senseless loss of a profit making opportunity.

How different these two responses are from each other. And it is the Lord’s desire that as we grow and mature we too will think as Jesus did. That as we develop the fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 6, we too will see the beauty and blessing in things where man sees the opposite. It never ceases to amaze me when I see these types of examples and look at the world today. The things prized by men are considered worthless and useless in the eyes of God. Indeed many of the highly thought of professions will not even exist in the kingdom of Heaven. There will be no doctors, no lawyers, no judges and so on for there will be no sickness or disease, no criminals or evil and God will judge the people.

So as we grow and mature in the Lord we need to focus on maturing and looking at the things around us from that same perspective as the Lord has. We need to learn to think as Jesus thinks so that we can become like he is. This is the aim for all of us, to be transformed into the image of Christ, which is to think, speak, act and behave as he does in any and all circumstances.

The Lesson of the Widows Mites

(Mark 12:41-44)

Jesus sat in the temple opposite the treasury and watched the people giving gifts. Many rich people put in large sums, but there was a poor widow who contributed just two coins. These coins in total amounted to about one penny. Rather than consider this to be insignificant Jesus teaches us a valuable lesson.

the widows coinsSometime ago I read a scripture which gave me great comfort in the work I am doing in the name of the Lord. At times I felt I was wasting my time and working for nothing. At other times I was perplexed as to what I should do or what to do next. Sometimes I felt the work was insufficient or not good enough.

Then I read the scripture in 1 Corinthians 15:58 which says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” This was a great comfort to me, to know that the work I am doing for the Lord is not in vain. There is a value in anything you do for the Lord.

And we see in this scripture in Mark 12 that it can be the most insignificant thing, for the Lord sees value where man does not. The people at the treasury on the day the Lord was there possibly may have disregarded the widow’s contribution as trivial. But Jesus saw it as the greatest gift of all those people giving for she contributed out of her poverty, but the others from their wealth. The rich could more than afford their gifts, but the poor widow would have struggled, and yet she still gave of her means. And she was accepted by the Lord for what she gave, insignificant as it may have been.

This principle was reinforced by Paul when he wrote, “For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not.” (2 Corinthians 8:12) So if you are offering a service to the Lord, no matter how minor you may think it is, you are accepted fro what you have, not what you do not have. You do not have to do major or mighty works to be doing the Lord’s work. You do not have to be putting great riches into his treasury as we saw in the scripture in Mark 12. Whatever you do in the name of the Lord is accepted and that work is not in vain.

We must remember too that when the Lord God passed by Elijah in the wilderness, he was not in the great strong wind that rent the mountains and broke rocks to pieces. He was not in the mighty earthquake or raging fire that followed. He was in the still small voice that spoke to Elijah and gave him comfort and instruction. (1 Kings 19:9-18)

God is in the small things. There is a saying in this world that says, “The devil is in the details.” The saying is false and it is wrong. God is in the details. God is in the minutiae and the details of all things. It is the devil who glosses over things so that people will not look for the detail for he lacks detail. It is in the detail that we gain understanding, insight and wisdom.

So don’t ever consider that when you do something small for the Lord it is insignificant. Anything you do for the Lord is not in vain and it is valued, as were the two mites of the widow.

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He Who Is Not With Us Is Against Us

(Mark 9:38-41)

The Lord taught the disciples an interesting lesson in this section of scripture. The disciples had come come across a man casting out demons in the name of Jesus, but the man was not following with Jesus and the disciples. The disciples forbade him from continuing to do this work.

But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is for us.” (Verse 39-40)

not-with-us-is-against-usIf anyone is doing a work in the name of the Lord it is a good thing. If they are giving glory to the Lord and to God while doing the work it is a good thing. Clearly Jesus showed that this was acceptable in his sight, for whenever anyone is doing a work for the Lord, the name of the Lord is being honoured and the gospel is being spread.

Does it matter if they are of a different religious following to you or I? Does it matter that they do not follow the Lord in the same way as you or I? Does it make any difference if they are Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Salvation Army, Pentecostal, Independent or any other denomination, sect or section of the wider church?

Well according to this scripture it made little difference to Jesus. For if they are doing a work in his name and if the work gives glory to God, then it is a good thing.

Too often we see arguments in the media, and more so online, between Christians of different groups who try to prove that they are right and someone else is wrong. Usually this is around points of doctrine and often about matters that in the total scheme of things are of small importance. The intellectual discussion can be stimulating and I am the first to admit that I have fallen for this myself on many occasions.

However, whether I am right or whether they are right is of little consequence. It is whether the work being done is glorifying God that is important. The discussion can be had and sometimes should be had, but they must be done in love and without argument or recrimination. They should be based upon the scripture as the final arbiter of what is right or wrong. And both parties should listen to the other point of view as that is how we learn. If the point of view can be justified in the scripture and if it aligns with the broader context of the scriptures, then it has value and may add to what we know. The key is to listen and weigh up, then accept or reject the information based on the scripture. When in doubt pray about it.

But back to the point of this section of Mark 9, Paul shows us that people will honour the Lord and worship God in different ways. This can be based on their level of understanding at that point in time, and they should not be shut down for what they believe when they are working in honour of the Lord. Paul showed this saying in Romans 14:1-6,

1 As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions.
2 One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables.
3 Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him.
4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Master is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteems one day as better than another, while another man esteems all days alike. Let every one be fully convinced in his own mind.
6 He who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. He also who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; while he who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.

It is weakness in the faith, or a lack of maturity in the Lord that may cause someone to believe or behave differently to ourselves. Then again, we may be the weak ones in some aspect of the faith for the Lord has not yet revealed the matter to us.

Whatever the situation, Paul shows us that we are all servants of the same master and the master, Jesus Christ, will uphold each of us for where we stand at a point in time. He does not expect us to be perfect straight away, but to grow and mature until we become perfected in Christ. Nor are we to judge another person for their beliefs for they are accepted as they are. Paul showed this also in 2 Corinthians 8:12 saying, “For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not.”

So if we see someone doing any kind of work or ministry for the Lord, we should not condemn it because we do not agree with them. Certainly if it is destructive it should be brought up with the person and if it is in opposition to the truth of the gospel that is a different matter. But if it is acceptable, then we should not discount their work on the basis that their faith and worship is different to ours.

If they are doing the work in honour of the Lord, then it is acceptable. If it does not honour the Lord, then he will deal with them and show them their error. Jesus said in vs. 39, “…no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me.” Jesus will weed out those who are not honouring him when they are doing a work supposedly in his name as he did with the seven sons of Sceva in Acts 19:13-16,

13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to pronounce the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.”
14 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this.
15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, mastered all of them, and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

The Lord will work with those who are working in his name and will cast out those who are behaving falsely. Let us remember though not to condemn someone doing a work in the name of the Lord just because they do not follow with us. As Jesus said, he who is not with us is against us.

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Healing the Blind Man

(Mark 8:22-26)

How clearly do we see the things around us? How well do we perceive what it is that we see? Jesus came to open the eyes of the blind, and not just the physically blind, but the spiritually blind too. When we look at the miracles he did it is worth considering how else they may apply, as in this case.

Healing the BlindWhen Jesus came to Bethsaida the people brought a blind man to him and begged for Jesus to heal him. (Verse 22) Jesus took the man away from the people and out of the village where he spat on the man’s eyes and laid his hands upon him. He then asked the man what he could see. (Verse 23) The man responded saying he could see men but they looked like trees walking. (Verse 24)

Now we will pause here for this is an interesting analogy. The man may have been blind from birth or he may have become blind later in life. We do not know which was the case here, but we could presume it was the latter for he would not have known what either men or trees looked like if he was blind from birth. However he saw something which he believed to be men but they looked like trees.

What the man was saying was that he could see, but did not see clearly. He could not perceive what it was he was looking at as his vision was still distorted. He lacked clarity in his sight and had he been left in that state would probably not have been much better off then when he was blind.

In fact it is sometimes worse to perceive a thing falsely than to not perceive it at all. When we only see in part, and what we are looking at is not clear, we may make assumptions that lead us to wrong conclusions. But the Lord does not want us to be left in the dark (blind) nor does he want us to follow half truths (impaired vision). He wants us to see clearly so we can walk uprightly and walk in the truth.

Going back to the blind man we then see Jesus again laid his hands on the man’s eyes and the man looked intently and his sight was restored fully.

As Jesus restored this man’s physical sight to full clarity, so too he will provide clarity to our insight. We must go to him as the blind man went to him when we need clarity of vision. When you are lacking in knowledge or wisdom or any other thing, pray to the Lord for insight as James instructed, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5) And like this man if it does not come the first time, press on with the Lord for he will give you the necessary insight when the time is right.

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Warning for the Servants of God

 (Matthew 24:45-51)

The servants of the Lord in this section are those who have a responsibility for the church. They are the teachers, preachers and ministers of the church. Their responsibilities are to care for the people of the Lord and to ensure they teach them well so the people grow to maturity in Jesus Christ.

Jesus places a warning in this section to all teachers and preachers in the church. He warns them not to consider their roles as an opportunity for power over the people, but rather to to serve God by serving his people. They are not given authority to rule for their own benefit. They have authority to rule for the benefit of the people.

Good leadership and good rule is a benefit to the people when it provides a benefit to people. Good rulers in the church are givers not takers. They offer the people the gifts of the Lord for their upbuilding and growth. The whole purpose of ministry is to bring people to maturity in Christ. We see this in the writings of Paul where he says that the basis of the gifts of ministry given by God are for the purpose of bringing the people of the Lord to the fulness of the stature of Jesus Christ.

Thus the ministers of the Lord and of the church have a responsibility to teach the people. They do not have the right to use and abuse them. They do not have the right to extort money and property from them, nor the right to have people look up to them as though they are something great. We are to praise God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the object of our worship. And yet some men in places of power in the churches seem to have themselves set up on pedestals as though they were something special. This is not what the Lord wants of his ministers.

In this section of scripture we see that his ministers are given authority so they can serve, not be served. They are to feed the flock in their charge so they will grow and mature. Those ministers who do this will receive the blessings of the Lord. But those who abuse the power given them will be banished from the Lord’s presence and will suffer loss.

This is a timely warning, especially in the present time when there are many abusive teachings in the church. Wealth and power ministry are not of God and these things take away the truth of the gospel. The focus of the ministers must return to the truth of the gospel and not focus on the things of the world. Wealth ministry is about the things of the world. But the truth of the gospel is about freedom, peace, love and joy in the holy spirit. These are the things of God and need to be emphasised in the ministry to the church. In addition the ministers need to teach how to achieve these things and how to apply them in their life. The ministers need to be an example to the people as Jesus, Paul and the apostles were examples to the people in their time.

If you teach the word of God, be aware that you will be judged with greatewr strictness as James wrote. Let this sink in and be a sobering thought so that you fulfill the ministry to which you were called, not for your benefit, but for the benefit of the church. Then you will receive the blessing of the Lord and not his condemnation.

Traditions of Men Versus the Word of God

(Matthew 15:1-9)

The scribes and Pharisees came to Jesus asking why the disciples did not observe the tradition of the elders regarding the washing of their hands before eating. Jesus used the opportunity to teach about the traditions of men versus the word of god.

The scribes and Pharisees had many traditions of men, many of which opposed the word of God. In this section we see Jesus describe one of those. The word of God says to honour your father and mother, but the Pharisee’s tradition allowed a person to ignore their father and mother if what they would have done for them was given to God instead. So for the sake of their tradition they made void the word of God. They were clearly wrong as Jesus stated, and in the case of eating with unwashed hands they were wrong too, but we will see that in the next post.

Today the church has many traditions, some of which are good and some not so good. We still have traditions in the church today that make void the word of God. One that occurs every year at Easter is the tradition of not eating red meat on Good Friday at Easter. This is supposed to be out of respect for Christ who gave up his flesh on Good Friday. So what people typically do is eat fish on Good Friday. But nowhere in the bible does it say we are to forgo eating meat on the Friday before the Passover, which is when Jesus was put to death. This practice is a human tradition of the church. They will and do eat prawns, shrimp, clams, scallops, mussels, oysters, shark and other seafood rather than red meat. And yet the food laws in the Old Testament clearly state we should eat nothing from the sea that does not have fins and scales. These other forms of seafood do not have fins and scales and so under the food laws are prohibited foods. So for the sake of the church tradition they allow people to break the food laws that were given by God to the people.

The reason God gave the food laws was for our benefit and protection. All of the prohibited foods we know today have some kind of issue. Shellfish are high in cholesterol, oysters in particular are a high cause of food poisoning, shark can be high in heavy metals because it is a scavenger, and so on. Of the meats, pork is also a high bacterial content food and often at the root of salmonella outbreaks. While we are not under the law in the Christian covenant, it does not make sense to ignore the wisdom of God where he has given us instruction for our benefit.

There are other traditions that were delivered to the church that are good and should be followed. Examples are the breaking of bread, anointing with oil, baptism and the laying on of hands. These traditions form part of the way we worship under the New Covenant and are to be practiced and protected. But any tradition that changes or opposes the word of God are to be avoided and removed.

There are many traditions in the church and we must take care to consider when the traditions of men versus the word of God. Such traditions that make void the word of God destroy our worship. When the tradition becomes more important than the word of God, the tradition must go. As Jesus said, quoting Isaiah, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.” (Matthew 15:8-9)

Many traditions that have infiltrated the church today have their roots in pagan and non-Christian religions. Examples are many of the traditions of Christmas and Easter. There is no evidence in the bible for the giving of Easter eggs or setting up Christmas trees. However these practices do have roots in pagan teachings. And yet these traditions have infiltrated the church as though they were meant to suggest some form of worship of Christ. Even the dates of these two supposed Christian events are incorrect (although every so often the date for Easter does align with the Passover).

These traditions take people away from God. They destroy the worship of God when the church rules the tradition to be more important than following the teachings of Jesus Christ. Our challenge is to identify the traditions in our own church and our own life and question whether they are affecting our worship of God. If the tradition is not backed up by scripture then it needs to be tested to see if it is opposed to God in some way, and if so removed.

The Revelation to the Babes in Christ

(Matthew 11:25-27)

When the Lord came to open up the word of the New Covenant, he intended for the message to be accessible and available to all mankind. The revelation of his word was such that any person would be able to understand it if they came to him seeking to understand.

Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:3-6, “This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all” In this Paul showed that there was to be no intermediary between man and God apart from Jesus. This was unlike under the Old Covenant where there was a priesthood selected only from the tribe of Levi and the high priests were to be of the blood lineage from Aaron.

Again it was shown that access to God was no longer the domain only of the high priest, for when Jesus died the curtain of the temple was torn from top to bottom indicating every man had access to the Holy of Holies through Jesus. (Hebrews 9:1-12) Prior to this only the high priest was permitted to enter into the Holy of Holies and then only once each year. But when Jesus came and died, he entered on our behalf and now sits at the right hand of God to mediate the New Covenant on our behalf directly with the Father.

So if there was to be no intermediary apart from Christ as high priest, and the job of the priests was to teach the people the requirements of the religion, then it was important that the teachings of the New Covenant be accessible to all. It was necessary that it be simple enough that everyone could understand the Covenant and the teachings that would lead to life. To that end, after Christ died he said we would receive the Holy Spirit to teach us all things as we see in John 14:26, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

Simplicity is the key and we see this in many places. The basis of the New Covenant and receiving God’s gifts is faith and through faith to come to know the love of God. The reason it was based on faith is so that every person would be able to receive it and every person would be equal. Everyone has the capacity to believe and this is the one great equaliser.

But some men tried to seek God through other means, such as knowledge, and they missed the mark. For it is written that “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1) So here in Matthew 11:25-27 we see Jesus extolling the fact that God has seen fit to open up his word of faith and love in the New Covenant to those who were not of great standing with regards to wisdom and knowledge of this world, but to babes in such matters. Paul noted this too saying in 1 Corinthians 1:18-21

“18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart.”
20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.”

To those who seek knowledge and wisdom of this world the teachings of Christ are like foolishness because they are based on faith. They cannot begin to understand how it works or can work because they do not understand the wisdom of God and matters of the Spirit. But to those who accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, this same word is all-powerful and able to change a man’s life. And the Son of God reveals this to us when we are called and answer his call. He reveals to us all matters pertaining to life and the very nature of the Father, for the nature of God is love.