In God’s Eyes, Experts Not Smarter Than a 5th Grader

Ancient Babylon, originally uploaded by cool-art.

At that time Jesus 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 infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.” Matthew 11:25-26, NASB

In the second year of his reign after the death of his father, King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that he found so disturbing he was literally losing sleep over it (Daniel 2:1). He was desperate to find someone to interpret the dream, but astutely required that his sorcerers, mediums and magicians first tell him the dream itself. These people were apparently pretty sneaky, and the king knew they would say anything to save themselves. So he tested them, saying, “First tell me the dream so that I know that I can trust you to give me it’s true interpretation” (Daniel 2:9).

Even though their words were slippery and their scruples questionable, these people weren’t stupid, or even of average intelligence. The king highly valued knowledge, and actively sought the cream of the intellectual crop to serve him in his palace (Daniel 1:4). Daniel himself referred to them as wise men (2:24).

They knew everything there was to know about the sciences and culture, were well-versed in the language of the elite (Aramaic), and made foretelling the future their primary goal. But the height of human wisdom and knowledge fell far short of accomplishing what only God could do. There is only one who knows the future, the One whom Jesus called Father, Lord of heaven and earth, and He is the only one who can reveal it. Even the wise men of Babylon admitted as much:

The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who could declare the matter for the king, inasmuch as no great king or ruler has ever asked anything like this of any magician, conjurer or Chaldean. Moreover, the thing which the king demands is difficult, and there is no one else who could declare it to the king except gods, whose dwelling place is not with mortal flesh.” Daniel 2:10-11

Only God can reveal the secrets of the future, and He reveals them to whom He chooses. In this case, to whom did God reveal His truth? Not to the proud and self-congratulatory, who loved themselves and trusted in their own erudition, those who the godless world considered wise; but He chose people of faith, steadfast commitment to God, and continual prayer. God didn’t care how old they were. He has always loved using young people who had no credentials except their unflinching faith in Him (see my previous post on David). Here, He chose the young Hebrews – infants compared to the king’s wise men.

“Yes, Father,” said the Lord Jesus Christ, referring as much to this story as to any of the many other times He chose to work through young or inexperienced people, “for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.”

Lord, let us have the trusting faith of children, that you may deem us worthy to receive the revelations of your truth.


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