“I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes,” by Louis A. Dole

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“In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.” – Luke 10:21

Readings

Ezekiel 39:17-29 · Luke 10:1-24 · Psalm 27

Sermon

When the Lord spoke the words of our text, He was rejoicing greatly in spirit. It is hard for some to understand how the Lord, if He were God, could rejoice at one time more than another, for they reason, “Is not the infinite unchangeable?”

God is unchangeable, but the human that He assumed from Mary was not. God as the soul of that human was unchangeable, but the human assumed could not be glorified, or made one with God, without great change. The human assumed was glorified by temptation combats, and when under temptation the Lord had suffered grief and pain in the human assumed, when the victory was gained He rejoiced in spirit, just as we do when passing from external states of temptation we come into internal states of peace. Thus the natural mind which the Lord assumed varied as to its states. He spoke the words of our text at a time when His spirits were elevated, for He rejoiced greatly in spirit.

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