Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 10, 2017

“this mystery has not been revealed to me for any wisdom residing in me” – “However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries”

Today’s devotion comes from Daniel 2:1-30.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+2&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision.  Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven;  20 Daniel said,

“Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever,
For wisdom and power belong to Him.
21 “It is He who changes the times and the epochs;
He removes kings and establishes kings;
He gives wisdom to wise men
And knowledge to men of understanding.
22 “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And the light dwells with Him.
23 “To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise,
For You have given me wisdom and power;
Even now You have made known to me what we requested of You,
For You have made known to us the king’s matter.”

26 The king said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen and its interpretation?”  27 Daniel answered before the king and said, “As for the mystery about which the king has inquired, neither wise men, conjurers, magicians nor diviners are able to declare it to the king.  28 However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days.  This was your dream and the visions in your mind while on your bed.  29 As for you, O king, while on your bed your thoughts turned to what would take place in the future;  and He who reveals mysteries has made known to you what will take place.  30 But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any wisdom residing in me more than in any other living man, but for the purpose of making the interpretation known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.”  Daniel 2:19-23 and 26-30.

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“The king said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen and its interpretation?”  Verse 26.

Daniel was appropriately humble:  “But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any wisdom residing in me more than in any other living man …”  Verse 30.

But, Daniel recognized:  “However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries …”  Verse 28.  “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things;  He knows what is in the darkness, …”  Verse 22.

Daniel gave all credit to God:
“To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise,
For You have given me wisdom and power;
Even now You have made known to me what we requested of You,
For You have made known to us the king’s matter.”  Verse 23.

Other doctrine gives some credit to man whether it be works (being a good enough man to motivate God to reveal such things to that man) or wisdom (being studious and knowledgeable enough of Scripture) or even if it as little as will (asking God fervently enough, persistently enough, and piously enough).

But, Reformed Doctrine, consistent with today’s Scripture, gives all credit to God.

“But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him.  This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke:  “Lord, who has believed our report?  And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”  For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, “He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.”  John 12:37-40.

“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.  All things have been handed over to Me by My Father;  and no one knows the Son except the Father;  nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”  Matthew 11:25-27.

“He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 16:15-17.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-31.


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