50 A secret voice

Luke 10:21-24
1 Kings 19:11-12
T Not depend on wisdom

 "At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said"; a text of this morning begins. Matthew ties this to sadness for towns of Galilee and to an example of planting seeds (11:21-27, 13:16-17), but Luke ties this to the return of 70 disciples, and says that joy overflowed from their report. In the first, because Matthew does not have the article of dispatch and the return of 70 disciples, probably, the progress of that event of Luke will be right. However, because a main theme of Luke, "in the Holy Spirit", lets a face peep out, it is thought that Luke's editing hand is considerably added here. I want to hear the message of Luke which was talked here, and to investigate it with matching his editing intention.

 "I praise Thee, O Father, Lord if Heaven and earth, that Thou didst hide these things from the wise and intelligent and didst reveal them to babes. Yes, Father, for thus it was well-pleasing in Thy sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him." (21-22) This was a prayer of Jesus, and at the same time, it was not only talking to abba; this was declaration of the Messiah who was sent by abba. In that declaration, it seems a claim that He Himself is a child who is at one with Father- (in other word, He is God Himself-), and His wish to share it with disciples seems to be put there. "and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him." Will this be a message to 70 disciples who came home? "These things", it points the words of Jesus, it begins "and no one knows..."; but, in fact, this is a different way of saying talked in 9:47-48. And, about "babes", you may hear it points to the people - disciples - said in same Chapter 9. In other words, the teaching to 12 apostles is repeated for 70 disciples. Luke received this as a very important thing, and edited it like this. Probably, there would be increased "a smart person with the wisdom" in the foreigner church Luke is concerned with; and it is thought that the trend that is going to plan church administration in such wisdom occupied the situation. Luke would advocate "no" against such trend.


U A true promise

 Surely, it will be that the "the wise and intelligent" including following specialist in the next phrase (10:25-). In the case of him, "he put Him to the test"; such thought seems to become clear. In the case of Sopher coming out at 9:57, it is unknown what was in his inside; but because he was a new adherent or an apprenticeship applicant, it is thought there was a situation that "the wise and intelligent" get into a church. Probably, it seems that people with the malice get into the church clearly, too; and the church has grown variety each time repeats time. Luke would be concerned about such a trend. Of course, I do not intend to say the church is the meeting of fools. Rather, it seems that the church is a society where there is very superior people who received high training from God. However, nonetheless, it is demanded that they are babies. It was to see what God did in Jesus and hear what God talked. Because we can never understand it depending on wisdom of the world, but we can realize it, if we hear it in the heart like the baby; it is said about the faith to Jesus.

 It was said "who the Father". Does it mean the relations with abba? It seems not so. It is my imaginary level, but, there is it, "Father" is Father for Jesus; and it is said that they will be able to understand it, if they are disciples of Jesus. Because, they were the people whom "the Son (Jesus) wills to reveal Him". Not words by an action. In other words, it points at the cross. So that, Father of Jesus for disciples is the One Himself who authorizes their sins with the cross. Jesus completed the article of disciples who have returned by this words, "but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven". It was written that the name of people permitted their sin by the cross of Jesus in heaven; and it was the promise of God (Isaiah 4:3, Philippians 3:20). Only faith can hear it, and that promise is true.


V A secret voice

 "And turning to the disciples , He said privately, 'Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see, for I say to you, that many prophets and kings wished to see the things which you see, and did not see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and did not hear them.'" (23-24) It was said "privately"; but we must think about that situation. The place of background of this article will be the same place that 70 disciples were dispatched and came back. It will be likely thought it was Peraea district, and it was in the Jordan east bank. Because Jesus stayed there considerably long days, when Jesus came into Jerusalem, a large number of people was in the party of Jesus; it seems a lot of them was people who followed from Peraea district. Probably, as for His work of Peraea district, it seemed that Jesus has gone around many places from one big house like the house of mother-in-law of Peter in Galilee / Capharnaum. A large number of people flocked in the house of Capharnaum, and it was always in an overcrowded state; and I imagine such scene would be seen in the house of Peraea, too. Probably, it is thought that Jesus said this also to the people who is not His disciples, as well as His disciples.

 The things that Jesus wants to the people "to look and hear"; it points to the promise of God which was put in His prayer, "Thou didst hide these things from the wise and intelligent and reveal them to babes". I have touched it before, "it is faith", but another one step steps and says. It is that Jesus is the Lord / the Messiah. However, a smart person attended there. They were sages of Jerusalem. It is thought that people of Jerusalem sent assassinators to let Him lose His position as having succeeded in the dethronement from Galilee district, because they have heard Jesus came to Peraea district. Possibly, the Sopher who came out to Verse 25 might be such one who had been sent from Jerusalem. Therefore, he might have reacted to Messiah declaration of Jesus sensitively. About God, their wisdom did not permit other flattery. Because it was almost near Jerusalem, people of Peraea knew well that the people of the capital looked down them, and behaved as if they were more smart than the people who was there. They were treated like remote ignorant countrymen far from God. Even if it was not Peraea district, such situation will be the same. People who stay away from God distantly, it applies to the disciples who came from Galilee and modern us, too. However, Jesus turns around and calls to such people that "I am your Lord, your Messiah!". We wish to hear such secret voice.