Continuing study on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

One of the first things I do when looking at the text is to see if there are any significant issues in Metzger’s Textual Commentary.  There are no real significant issues for this text.

Having that out of the way, I go to Aland Synopsis.  There I found a difference in the end of verse 19 and the corresponding verse in Luke 7:35.  Both personify wisdom.  The Matthew text wisdom is justified by actions (NIV) and the Luke text by her children (I also found that the Byzantine text the Matthew reading and the Luke reading are the same).

In verses 11:25-27, I again come to the core concept of ignorance.  The ability to know God is a gift.  Revelation of the truth, of true wisdom, begins with God.  Verse 27 also brings to mind John 6:44  “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day (NIV).  In verse 27 we are told that knows the Father unless the Son reveals him.  This is not “arguing in a circle”, but another example of unity in the Triune personality.  God wants to reveal Himself and thus has given the ultimate revelation in the incarnation.

Now, back to the initial comparison with children who want it done there way (children of ignorance and/or arrogance).  Wisdom is reveal by the actions (children) who are not spoiled, selfish, defiant, but who are children who are attuned, trusting, and obedient.  It is almost a comparison of childish and child-like.  The child-like state which provides entrance into the Kingdom of God (Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17).

Jesus praises His Father that this is the manner in which ignorance and arrogance is overcome.  It magnifies the grace of God while putting the vanity of human reason in its place.

We will meditate  and in these insights for a while.  The sermon is beginning to form.