What Jesus Did! 'The Father's Choice' — Matthew 11:25-26

Friday, May 26, 2017

Then Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I praise you because you have hidden these things from the wise and smart people. But you have shown these things to people that are like little children. Yes, Father, you did this because this is what you really wanted to do."
— Matthew 11:25-26
Illustration of Matthew 11:25-26 — "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth."

Key Thought

God has always despised arrogance. Yet it is the repeated sin of his creatures. Satan's rebellion and Adam and Eve's sin have their source in the arrogance of being rivals to God. We should not be surprised that God's will, his choice, his delight, is to hide his plan from the arrogant religious leaders of the day and reveal them to common everyday people. Only those who are willing to receive the Kingdom like children will find it—not because God wants simpletons, but because those who are wise in their own eyes are often the most abusive and ignorant of all.

Today's Prayer

O holy and majestic Father, I want my heart to not only be pure from immorality but also from the stain of arrogance and pride. Your ways are so far beyond my own, so guard my heart from the presumption of thinking I know all of your ways or confining you to my own little notions of your glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus criticized the cities where he did most of his miracles. Jesus criticized those cities because the people there did not change their lives and stop sinning. Jesus said, "It will be bad for you Chorazin. It will be bad for you Bethsaida. I did many miracles in you. If those same miracles had happened in Tyre and Sidon, then those people in Tyre and Sidon would have changed their lives a long time ago. Those people would have worn sackcloth and put ashes on themselves to show that they were sorry for their sins. But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be worse for you than for Tyre and Sidon. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? No! You will be thrown down to the place of death. I did many miracles in you. If those same miracles had happened in Sodom, {the people of} Sodom {would have stopped sinning and it} would still be a city today. But I tell you it will be worse for you in the day of judgment than for Sodom." Then Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I praise you because you have hidden these things from the wise and smart people. But you have shown these things to people that are like little children. Yes, Father, you did this because this is what you really wanted to do. "My Father has given me all things. No person knows the Son—only the Father knows the Son. And no person knows the Father—only the Son knows the Father. And the only people that will know about the Father are those people the Son chooses to tell. "Come to me all you people that are tired and have heavy burdens. I will give you rest. Accept my work and learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:20-29

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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