Friday, September 17, 2021
“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29 KJV).
Let us notice the difference between the “secret things” and the “revealed things!”
The Holy Scriptures are a progressive revelation, a gradual unveiling of God’s mind. Of course, we need not be told He is omniscient—all-knowing. From the very beginning, He could have chosen to show us everything He knows. Then again, we could no longer carry it in a single, mobile volume. Since the Creator has steadily unfolded His will through the ages, we can see previously secret information: “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).
Yet, there is another reason why God did not tell man everything at once. In His infinite wisdom, He kept secret an entire body of truth. The Scriptures call this the “mystery” or “hidden wisdom:” “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:6-8). Had this “hidden wisdom” been known, what events God had planned long ago would not have come to pass. By withholding that knowledge, however, and then showing it later, He proved He had outwitted all opposing parties.
The Lord GOD addressed the King of Tyrus through the Prophet Ezekiel: “Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty…. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezekiel 28:12,15). Prior to this, the message to the Prince of Tyrus was, verse 3: “Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:….” The “wise” spirit operating here in both the Prince and the King is none other than Satan, whose knowledge was nevertheless limited, inferior to God’s “hidden wisdom….”
Our latest Bible Q&A: “What are ‘teraphim?’”