Luke 10:21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
The wise are dubbed embodiments of wisdom, some oracles in their own right for they seem to understand all manner of mysteries. The prudent and understanding are studious, they probe every matter to a T. They learn till they grasp what content there is to offer. Both groups therefore afford God an existing platform on which to reveal His mysteries through men.
Yet, he goes past them and instead chooses little children. Little children not in terms of the actual number of years lived, but in regards to their attitudes towards life and living. A child is a store of honesty and truth, a source from which one can glean the very essence of things. Thus, when a child is asked where they got a something, they are very likely to tell you an exact source and so aren’t afraid to point you to a person or place.
The ‘wise and understanding’ are however of another breed – these shine the spotlight on themselves and pride in their ability to glean wisdom for themselves. Such point men in their own direction: their gifts, their knowledge and not towards God. In their pride, they relegate Him to the status of an ‘extra’ and make everything about themselves.
God’s position has still not changed over time, hence why their pride is what makes God bypass them to make do with the innocence of little children. As stated in James 4:6 ‘God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
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