When God Speaks Who Hears?
Have you ever wondered why the religious "spiritual elite" pharisees, the priests of the synagogues, the Jewish theologians of the day were unaware of their Messiah’s birth...yet...the nonreligious, "spiritual pauper" sheep herders received the announcement of, and an invitation to go where the child lay to worship the Christ child. Why was the great spiritual event of the birth of the Savior not revealed to the religious theologically skilled in their own eyes and/or in the eyes of the religious world? Surely God knew that it would be the ultimate insult to those who pride themselves in their theological position, by revealing this liberating spiritual event to the unschooled "spiritual paupers" in religious theology.
The religionists however, have turned God’s way around to the religious way to where the theologically denominated spiritual seminarian is schooled and put into a position of leadership as God’s spokesperson to bring spiritual revelations to the unschooled pew-warmer paupers. This is an insult to God, in that His people are deceived into believing that such anti-God teaching is of Him.
Jesus 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. . . .”Mat. 11:25
The “wise and learned” that Jesus spoke of were not secular humanists but people whose whole lives revolved around God and the reverent and meticulous study of the scriptures. They were the Scripture scholars, theologians and highly esteemed preachers of His day who had become so intoxicated by their own self-righteousness and devotion to religion that dull of hearing and blind. God deliberately bypasses such people and reveals His spiritual truths to ordinary people who were not blinded by religious rules and rituals.
In John 9:39-41 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. . . .”
The Pharisees’ scriptural knowledge and theological expertise...which should have been a plus to receive spiritual revelation...proved to be a stumbling block. It’s said a little knowledge is dangerous, but the frightening reality is that having more knowledge that is not from God is even more dangerous because it increases the likelihood of being blinded by pride and becoming unteachable even.
The study of the Bible is of great value, but the more emphasis one places on studying Scripture to interpret it to validate religious persuasion, rather than living its truth, the more deceived one will be.