Revealed Unto Babes
(Adapted from “Why Did Jesus Hide the Truth in Parables?”)
By Fred Pruitt
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. (Matt 13:13-15)
I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. (Matt 11:25).
Why, I asked, would Jesus not want to tell EVERYBODY the good news? Why the secrecy? It puzzled me. It isn’t that Jesus didn’t want everybody to know. Of course He did. He came to seek out and to save that which was lost.
So why the secrecy then? Because “no flesh” shall approach God. This is not for the “human” mind. The “human mind” is a wonderful instrument, part of our wondrous human makeup. but it is only vaguely capable of handling spiritual truth, because it can only see in a linear, three-dimensional way. It cannot approach unto God. God is “wholly beyond” the human mind. And if we truly get the sense of what “wholly” means, we’ll understand how total the gap is.
Is the “human mind,” or “human reasoning,” Satan, as some say? Yes and no. It depends on the operator. We must understand that our mind which operates in the outer world, is an instrument, a servant, when in its proper place. It is part of our human makeup, and in that capacity it seeks to discover and utilize the good things of the world as the Spirit moves in it. Like the rest of our human attributes, reason, which has yet to realize it is dead to its own ability to know, choose and act, becomes our inner idol. It lives in the secret domain of darkness, believing in itself, which masks the greater darkness within it which remains invisible and undetectable. Paul described that condition to which all of us have been subjected at one time or another and to which the general world is still subjected today –
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” (Eph 2:2,3).
When I’m talking here, however, about the “human mind,” I’m only talking about it in its wondrous capacity as an instrument created to discover and live the wonders of God in this natural creation. In its right function as servant of the Spirit of God within us, it does business with this world on the world’s terms; it speaks its language and knows life on its streets. It hurts with the world, cries with the world, understands its joys, and sees underlying all humanity the same heart-cry it knows within its own crevices, the lostness of being alone and thirsty in the wilderness and not knowing which way the water is. And all that is the platform by which the Spirit manifests Himself in our world, by means of our lives, the Mind of Christ working through the human agencies of our intellect, emotions, and physical body.)
But back to this secrecy thing. Ultimately, “spiritual understanding” is denied the human mind, denied “human reasoning” because it is completely beyond it. It comes from beyond, and is only known in the acceptance of faith, or, in inner “nothingness.”
Jesus said the Father “hid these things from the wise and prudent.” That’s an interesting choice of words. With “wise” we pretty much understand his meaning. He’s talking about those who are “wise in their own sight,” enamored with their own intellect or understanding, and thus being “wise” already, they have no need. They are the “whole” who need no physician, and the Son of Man was not sent for them. (Understand of course, I’m not talking about a permanent condition here, or even particular people, though in the Bible they are all separated into these particular groups of people or individuals, i.e. the Pharisees, the Romans, the Herodians, the rich young ruler, the faithful Centurion, etc., but all of these are “parts” which make up a whole. And we find all these “parts” played out in ourselves — but that’s for another time). Back to the point. Paul talks about the “wisdom of this world” and the Cross being foolishness to it.
Same thing. Those who see themselves as “wise” either stumble over the Cross or they fall under it and get crushed by it (which sounds like a bad thing but is really a good thing — and we’ll all been there, done that).
But Jesus also adds “prudent,” which in my thinking means “careful.” But isn’t being “careful” a virtue? We’ve always been taught so, but Jesus says these things are not only not revealed to the “wise,” but neither are they revealed to the careful. And I think in this sense “careful” or “prudent” indicates a holding back, a fearfulness of letting go, afraid of some bad thing happening, like the man who, knowing the terror of his lord (in his own mind), went and took the “talent” that had been given him to invest for an increase, and hid it in a napkin and buried it in the ground. He received the rewards of his faith later, when his lord returned.
But then Jesus said the Father “hast revealed them unto babes.” Here it is. What is a “babe”? A pure receiver, an open book, no fear, anything goes.
Now, we ALL at some point are “the wise and prudent” — wise in our own sight, careful to not take a wrong step, however it manifested in us. But something at some point comes along and just breaks that in pieces in us. Cuts us to the quick, and that breaking makes us into babes, because we can go no further in our own imaginations, and we’ve been brought up short to know it. As in Romans 7 when we cry, “O wretched man that I am, who will deliver me?”
That’s the “babe” crying out! The “wise and prudent man” has been broken, weighed in the balances and found wanting, and that conditioning has made us able to receive the deep things of God, which is the simple truth that He is our very selves, I AM, within us and as us, and we ourselves — spirit, soul and body — containers of Him who is All.
From that point on we can no longer center on ourselves and our needs, our wants, our desires, as if separate from Him, but on Him in us, and all those same wants and desires and needs now servants of Him in the propagation of His kingdom.
As I said above, we just are, we just be. Soul goes to and fro, body gets tired and hungry and other things as well, and in the midst Spirit is All in all. The Holy Spirit runs the show. Who are we to deny Him?
Let me bring this to an end with this.
(2 Corinthians 3)
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
This is a mighty, a wonderful, a DEEP passage here from brother Paul. This is the whole “doctrine/Spirit” thing in a nutshell. If anybody was a “teacher” it was Paul. He’s the guy who wrote Romans, which people have dissected, analyzed, categorized, thematicized, and theorized on, for nearly 2000 years. That as well as everything else he wrote, making elaborate “Romans road” systems and all that. I’m not saying any of that stuff is wrong or bad. They are all part of the process, all “parts” which are the Spirit’s perfect rendering of the whole.
But Paul’s testimony himself about the “letter” is that the “letter” kills. He means more than the Law of Moses here.
It is Paul saying, “Hey, you guys, I have not taught you in fleshly ‘letter’ systems; I have not taught you a new ‘law’ to obey; but in ministering to you by the Spirit, you have become the letter of Christ by the Spirit, so that you live from the inner sufficiency of the Living God, who you have come to know within you as YOUR OWN, and not by any rote memorization of precepts and doctrines and written words. I have taught you to live from the Spirit within you, where we think nothing of ourselves, but KNOW our sufficiency is God, and only God.”
So then, bottom line, it’s always the same answer. God Himself is our life. We are He living in our form, reaching the world through our minds, our souls, our reason, our affections and desires.
He has captured us with His love, and will not let us go, and we don’t want him to let us go. He said, “Follow me, and I WILL MAKE YOU fishers of men”. He didn’t say, “Work real hard to become fishers of men,” but, “I WILL MAKE YOU“.
We live our lives as integrated wholes, and not as separate warring parties striving for mastery within us, because the ONLY ONE INTEGRATED WHOLE has overwhelmed us above and beyond all we could ask or think and so filled us that HE IS the ONE integrated WHOLENESS out of which our life springs every moment in the wholeness of God.
For some, it is only a matter of closing your eyes and ears for a few moments – and then when ready to open them again and to see with the new eyes given you to see, and likewise to hear with the new ears given you to hear. He is still whispering to babes.