“He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:” Psalm 103:7
“Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, Savior!” Isaiah 45:15
“Now we are aware that God is working all together for the good of those who are loving God, who are called according to the purpose that, whom He foreknew, He designates beforehand, also, to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be Firstborn among many brethren. Now whom He designates beforehand, these He calls also, and whom He calls, these He justifies also; now whom He justifies, these He glorifies also. What then, shall we declare to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” Romans 8:28-31
God hides himself.
Not many Christians are willing to accept this. They want God to be open to all now. They want to have the power to be able to choose to believe in him or not.
The fact is you do not choose to believe anything. You can choose whether or not to announce a belief; but you cannot choose to believe something or not.
To show you this I challenge you to believe that I went to Mars yesterday. I didn’t but such trivial things as what I say or what you are used to shouldn’t hinder your capacity to choose to believe what you want to now should it?
Why did Jesus speak in parables? The common reason given and the reason I was given in Sunday school was that He spoke in parables to make the truth plain. But Jesus gives a very different reason.
“And, approaching, the disciples say to Him, “Wherefore art Thou speaking in parables to them?” Now, answering, He said to them that “To you has it been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of the heavens, yet to those it has not been given. For anyone who has, to him shall be given, and he shall have a superfluity. Yet anyone who has not, that also which he has shall be taken away from him.
“Therefore in parables am I speaking to them, seeing that, observing, they are not observing, and hearing, they are not hearing, neither are they understanding.
‘And filled up in them is the prophecy of Isaiah, that is saying, ‘”In hearing, you will be hearing, and may by no means be understanding, And observing, you will be observing, and may by no means be perceiving.” For stoutened is the heart of this people, And with their ears heavily they hear, And with their eyes they squint, Lest at some time they may be perceiving with their eyes, And with their ears should be hearing, And with their heart may be understanding, And should be turning about, And I shall be healing them.’
“Yet happy are your eyes, for they are observing, and your ears, for they are hearing. For verily I am saying to you that many prophets and just men yearn to perceive what you are observing, and perceive not, and to hear what you are hearing, and hear not.” Matthew 13:10 – 17
See how plainly Jesus declares that to some it is given to hear these things and to others it is not!
How comes this revelation to people? “Now, answering, Jesus said to him, “Happy are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood does not reveal it to you, but My Father Who is in the heavens.” Matthew 16:17
The Pharisees and the Sadducee were jealous of Jesus because He had no learning yet He spoke with authority as one who had learning.
“The Jews, then, marveled, saying, “How is this one acquainted with letters, not having learned?” Jesus, then, answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His Who sends Me. If anyone should be wanting to be doing His will, he will know concerning the teaching, whether it is of God or I am speaking from Myself.” John 7:15 – 17