Does God hide the truth from people?

In Matthew 13:11 it sounds like God only reveals his truth to a select group of people: “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to YOU, but not to them.” So, does God deliberately hide the truth from people so they can’t respond to the gospel?

But why would Jesus say in verse 9: “He who has ears, let him hear” if only SOME people could hear and understand what he was saying? Jesus is telling these people, “You’ve all got ears, so use them.” They could, therefore, if they opened their ears and listened to what he was saying, understand him. Why would God say, “Hey, listen up everybody and hear what my Son has to say,” but then hide the truth so they couldn’t understand it?!

But why did Jesus speak in parables, verse 10, and make it difficult for people to hear and understand? Answer? Verse 15 – “For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and THEY have closed their eyes.” Oh, so it wasn’t GOD hiding the truth from people, it was the people hiding from the truth themselves. They all had ears and eyes – but they weren’t using them!

And who was Jesus talking to? To people who knew better. They were Jews who knew their Bibles backwards, especially the religious leaders, but they weren’t willing to listen and learn. The Jewish leaders were even antagonistic toward him.

But WHY aren’t people willing to listen and learn? Because, verses 19-22, Satan jumps in and messes up people’s thinking. Or people are simply lazy thinkers and are easily distracted. Other interests are more important. Objections from relatives and sarcasm from work-mates make it embarrassing and awkward being a Christian. Or people are just too busy to listen. But, verse 23, despite all these obstructions and objections Jesus still predicted an abundant harvest. Many people would listen and learn, no matter what circumstances they were in.

That’s why Jesus could say, “Anyone who has ears, let him hear,” because people COULD understand him IF they were willing to listen and learn. Jesus also realized that many wouldn’t listen and why they wouldn’t listen too, including fear of what other people think (a powerful force on people, John 12:42-43) – but God wasn’t deliberately hiding the truth so people couldn’t understand it. He only did that to people who refused to listen.

The gospel wasn’t meant for just a select few while God blinded the rest. The gospel is open to anyone with ears. So, “He who has ears, let him hear.”

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