At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children. Matthew 11:27 ESV
Have you ever played a game of Peek-a-boo with a baby?” You cover your face with a blanket, and then just as they begin to get worried, wondering where you are, you pull it back and shout, “Peek-a-boo! I see you!” Now that might not be exactly what you might think of in this verse but in some ways it is very much the same. When Jesus talked about God hiding, He was being confronted by people who didn’t like anything that He did. When He healed on the Sabbath they were mad because it broke their rules. When He went to dinner they gossiped that He ate with sinners and when one woman went as far as to wash His feet with tears they were totally offended. But some people, instead of complaining began to praise and thank Jesus. That made the religious leaders maddest of all! How sad that by moaning and groaning they missed the love and forgiveness of God that Jesus came to bring. But before we are too hard on the Pharisees we need to ask ourselves when the last time was that we saw the love and forgiveness of God around us. Does it feel like God is hiding from us some days? Then we need to repent of the pride that is blinding our eyes and ask God for a child’s heart again. When we do we will discover the joy of a Father who pulls back the curtain and calls out, “Peek-a-boo! I see you!’ Because He delights in revealing Himself to His children!
I shared a couple of days ago on the topic of God stooping down and it seemed to not only strike a chord with some of my readers, – Thanks guys for responding and commenting. But that phrase “God stooped down” resonated over and over in my heart. I could hear it at night as I lay in bed and in the morning again it rolled over and over in my thoughts as I went about my chores. I hope you will like the little verse I wrote today that shares as best as I am able the echoes in my heart.
Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? Psalm 113:5-6, NIV
On the sixth day in morning the Lord God stooped down
Scooped clay from the earth to make man from the ground
He bent down lower still to breathe life into him
Then smiled to see man’s first day begin
As they walked through the garden God showed him the trees
The elephants, zebras and mountains and seas
But with all that God made Adam still was alone
So God gently bent down to form Eve from his bones
But when they saw fruit that God said not to take
They ignored His command and death was awake
Yet God wasn’t finished - He did not walk away
He just waited and watched till His chosen day
When at Bethlehem’s stable He gently stooped down
And entered our world in the dark of that town
Till on a hill and a cross God stooped lower still
Took the nails and the thorns so we could be healed
Then sadly His friends took Him down from the tree
Placed Him in the tomb where no one could see
Till on the third day God rolled back the stone
And gave us new life as He gently stooped down!
God Gently Stooped Down by Peter Caligiuri copyright 2021
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You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. Psalm 18:35 ESV
While the ESV gives us the picture of a Mighty God who is gently on our side, the old NIV renders that same phrase as, “He stopped low. Like Gandalf entering through a Hobbit doorway, in the Lord of the Rings, Jesus had to bend low enough to enter our world through the stable doorway in Bethlehem. He went to begging blind men, destitute widows and outcast lepers. Jesus had compassion on hungry listeners and washed the dirty feet of disciples. Jesus’ right hand was both gentle enough to bless a child and strong enough to lift a paralyzed man to His feet.
And when His time came He carried the weight of His cross to the top of Golgotha where those gentle hands were nailed to the wood. Then as He stooped His lowest in death, Jesus reached lower still as we were falling deep into our sins, and caught us, raised us up and gave us the greatness of His salvation. Oh how mighty and gentle is our Jesus! He gently stooped low enough to save us and then shared His greatness with His children!