Rabbi Schneider — The Least of These
Beloved, I know you're gonna be blest today because I'm beginning a series called The Prayer Life of Jesus. Whenever I meditate on the prayers of Jesus, I feel the beauty of the Lord come on me like a cloud. I'm confident, beloved, that God's gonna bless you.
God bless you and Shalom, beloved ones. My name's Rabbi Schneider. Welcome today to this edition of Discovering the Jewish brand new series we're beginning today called The Prayers of Jesus.
We're gonna be looking at some of the prayers that Jesus uttered and then making application to our Spirit for revelation and insight into his prayers. Let's just begin by inviting Jesus into our midst that he would bless us as we examine and receive from his words.
I want to begin today, beloved ones, by looking at the Book of Matthew, chapter number 11, verse number 25 and declaration, a short prayer of thanksgiving. Jesus said: I praise You, I praise You, Father, he said, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to the infants.
Yes, Father, for this was pleasing in Your sight. So this is actually a window, get this now, into the heart of Jesus, as Jesus expresses a prayer of thanksgiving to the Father for thanking the Father that he gave revelation, get this now, to the simple and hid it from the wise and the prudent.
Listen again. He said: I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to the infants. Yes, Father, for this was well-pleasing in Your sight. There's several dynamics going on here that I think are often missed when people read this.
First of all, beloved, I want to make kind of a confrontational, challenging statement here; confrontational only in the sense that it challenges many of our ways of thinking. But yet when we look at the Word will confront our way of thinking about things. Notice that Jesus said here that the was actually hidden by the Father's design from the wise and the prudent.
In other words, Jesus thanked the Father that the Father, get this now saints, withheld the revelation of his glory, get it now, from the proud. And this actually brought Jesus Father rejects the proud. He resists the proud but draws near to the humble. So listen You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden. Now, notice that Jesus is actually thanking the Father, get it now, from hiding revelation. Jesus said, things?
The mysteries of the kingdom of God, the mystery of who Jesus was, the the understanding of his Word; that the Father didn't give insight into who Jesus was, the Son of God, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and the Prince of Glory; that the Father hid that from the wise and the prudent.
In other words, when the wise and the prudent looked at Jesus they didn't see the Son of the Most High God. They didn't see the Father's only begotten Son. They didn't see the Master of the Universe through whom all creation was made through. When the wise and the prudent, beloved ones, looked at Jesus, you know what they saw?
An ordinary man; because who he was hidden from them. Look again at the verse. Look again at the verse. Because we like to think that God reveals himself equally to everybody, but you can't substantiate that based on the Word or based on even looking at the words, some nations have received the Gospel. Other nations have never heard the Gospel.
The Gospel has been preached all across America. It's being preached through other continents and other nations. And yet in certain parts of the world, hardly anybody has ever heard the Gospel preached. So how can we say that everybody is given the same amount of revelation? Jesus said to Peter, who do they say that I am? And Peter said, well some say that you're John the Baptist back from the dead. Jesus said, but who do you say that I am? And Peter said, thou art the Christ.
Thou art the Anointed One. Thou art the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. You Peter said that? He said, blessed art thou, son of John, he said, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. In other words, Jesus said, Simon Bar-Jonah, you are blessed. You are blessed, Peter, because the reason that you know who I am, the reason that you know that I'm the Anointed One, that I'm the Messiah, that I'm the Christ, the reason you're able to perceive this is because the Father has blessed you with the revelation of it.
It wasn't something that people could see on their own. It wasn't something that people could simply figure out by common sense. They could only perceive who Jesus was, listen now, by a gift of revelation. You see, revelation is a gift. And so Jesus, in this section reading about here, he's filled with thanksgiving and joy that the Father saw fit to hide the revelation of the glory of Jesus from the proud, from the wise and the prudent. And instead, the Father revealed them to the babes, to the child-like, to the innocent, and to the humble. And this brought Jesus.