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Matthew 13:10 Then the disciples came and asked (Jesus), “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”

This is a difficult passage. It’s difficult because it highlights a truth that offends our 21st century sensibilities. We live in a world in which “equality” is a very high value. We want everyone to be treated the same, no favorites. This passage appears to defy that value.

11 He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

The disciples weren’t clued in to the things of the Kingdom because they were particularly bright, or particularly righteous before God. A simple reading of the gospels will make that abundantly clear. Whatever understanding they had was a grace extended to them from the Father. Their understand was “given” to them, but to others it had “not been given”. Why not? I don’t know. We don’t want to think of our God as one who treats different people differently, but it’s hard not to come to that conclusion from a reading of scripture – particularly the Old Testament, but here as well.

It would appear that God will not conform to our expectations of who he should be.

And I suppose today I just need to make peace with that. And I should thank God for the grace given to me – and to you – for giving to us what limited understanding we have of the secrets of the Kingdom of heaven.

Gracious God, today we thank you for your blessings that gets poured out so abundantly. And we admit we don’t fully understand your ways. Give us grace to surrender to your wisdom, even when it leaves us with more questions than answers. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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