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Deuteronomy 29:29 The Secret Things Belong Unto the LORD Our God

Posted by adventbiblestudy on March 22, 2016


Deuteronomy 29:29 The Secret Things Belong Unto the LORD Our God

Deuteronomy 29:29 KJV The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Secret things. What do secrets have to do with the prophecies Jesus fulfilled? To find the answer we can search the key word, “secret.” This takes us to two possible answers. The first concerns prayer and helping others. Just a note. When searching key words it is best to search the King James Version which is much better at keeping key words consistent throughout the Bible. Once the verse is located, a modern version can be used which may be easier to read and understand.

Matthew 6:3-6 MKJV But when you do merciful deeds, do not let your left hand know what your right hand does, (4) so that your merciful deeds may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret Himself shall reward you openly. (5) And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward. (6) But you, when you pray, enter into your room. And shutting your door, pray to your Father in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.

This verse shows prayer and good deeds in secret result in a reward. Jesus also used the word, “Father,” to show a close connection between prayer, communication with God, and people who dedicate themselves to prayer for others. There is a close connection between Deuteronomy 29:29 using the word, “children,” and Matthew 6:3-6 where Jesus referred to God as, “Father.” Combining the two shows the family atmosphere and relationship Jesus came to teach the world which is part of the story when we consider the mystery of God’s plan of salvation. Although God’s plan has many facets, its main themes are easy to understand. Jesus came to make us right with God. Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. (3) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. (Romans 5:1-6 NLTse).

As we progress through a search of texts explaining the word, “secret,” we run across one of the most profound stories in the Bible. This story had such an impact, it was recorded in three of the Gospels. Many people know it as the parable of the sower. It should be known as the parable of God’s Word. “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. (Luke 8:11, Mark 4:14 NLTse). The thing is, God’s Word was never intended to be a mystery. Go back to Genesis. God created the world, sun, moon, stars, plants and animals with His Word. We still find God in all of these. How are you converted? How did God find your heart? Was it through His Word, or thousands of words from a preacher? Nothing ever changes with God. His Word has always brought creation, hope, restoration, healing, security, and more to those who know Him. When we find God’s Word, we find understanding. For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.

Mark 4:21-25 NLTse Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine. (22) For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. (23) Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” (24) Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given–and you will receive even more. (25) To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”

When God repeats Himself, we better pay attention. God repeated this parable in His Word three times. Why? This marked the beginning of a new journey for Jesus’ disciples. This is where Jesus began explaining how His disciples are to understand and interpret all scripture. This began a series of lessons where Jesus led them back to the Old Testament by quoting texts which contained valuable information and lessons about studying God’s Word. Jesus’ parables, including this one about the sower and God’s Word, showed the disciples how Jesus used symbols from the Old Testament to hide the meaning from the part of the world that didn’t care. Jesus began separating the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the chaff. Jesus’ parables are the beginning of the pruning process where the branches that do not produce are removed. Those who do not learn to interpret God’s Word on their own are not fit to spread His seeds. It is not a matter of learning an interpretation or two. The key is found in the process. Learning how God’s Word is its own interpreter and its own lesson book.

Paul, the author of much of the New Testament, was skilled in the use of scripture. No one knows for certain how Paul learned. It is said, Paul studied scripture at a very young age. As the book of Acts shows, Paul’s early conceptions were based on worldly beliefs. When he was know as Saul, his beliefs of the Messiah did not fit the image Jesus displayed. Saul persecuted any and everyone associated with the new movement following Jesus. Much of Saul’s anger was based on the different views early Christians taught on the prophecies written about the Messiah. Protecting his coveted interpretations was more important than life to Saul. That may have been true because it was not Saul’s life being threatened. He was the one threatening the lives of early Christians, up until the day he met Jesus.

We can’t be certain how Paul learned the truth about the prophecies describing Jesus’ life, but when he saw the light, there was no stopping him. One truth after another flooded the mind of Paul as he finally learned to read scripture with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. People were astonished at Paul’s mastery of scripture as he quoted and explained text after text. Some people claim Paul’s early years was responsible for the way he taught. Others believe it was God’s Spirit who guided Paul through scripture. Maybe it was a combination of the two. Before he could be an effective teacher, Paul had to learn the secret things belonging unto the LORD. Paul is not s super human born with the ability to interpret scripture with one glance. If anything, Paul’s early education was a handicap. Paul had much more to unlearn than most people can imagine. More than any of the other disciples. Paul is an example of how far a person can drift away from God and still be reached. When Jesus blinded Saul on the road, it was was sign showing how spiritually blind Saul was. When he turned his heart to Jesus, scales fell from his eyes. For the first time in his life, the prophecies began to fit together in a way Saul never imagined. One by one prophecies began to unfold. Each prophecy related to stories he heard about Jesus. Maybe Saul witnessed a few of the prophecies being fulfilled. Paul explains a portion of his miraculous transformation in one of his letters. But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles. When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being. Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia, and later I returned to the city of Damascus. Then three years later I went to Jerusalem to get to know Peter, and I stayed with him for fifteen days. (Galatians 1:15-18 NLTse).

In Romans chapter 10 Paul displayed a portion of what he learned during those three years of learning at the feet of Jesus. Paul quotes scripture after scripture, doing what a modern prophet is expected to do. Paul did what Jesus taught him to do, sending people back to scripture where the mystery and secret things of God will be found, reviewed, and revealed.

Romans 10:8-10 NLTse In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: (9) If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

Deuteronomy 30:11-20 NLTse (11) “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach. (12) It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ (13) It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ (14) No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it. (15) “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. (16) For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy. (17) “But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, (18) then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. (19) “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (20) You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

Romans 10:13 NLTse For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”

Joel 2:27-32 NLTse Then you will know that I am among my people Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and there is no other. Never again will my people be disgraced. (28) “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. (29) In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants–men and women alike. (30) And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth– blood and fire and columns of smoke. (31) The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the LORD arrives. (32) But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved, for some on Mount Zion in Jerusalem will escape, just as the LORD has said. These will be among the survivors whom the LORD has called.

Romans 10:14-15 NLTse But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? (15) And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

Isaiah 52:5-10 NLTse What is this?” asks the LORD. “Why are my people enslaved again? Those who rule them shout in exultation. My name is blasphemed all day long. (6) But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them.” (7) How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! (8) The watchmen shout and sing with joy, for before their very eyes they see the LORD returning to Jerusalem. (9) Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song, for the LORD has comforted his people. He has redeemed Jerusalem. (10) The LORD has demonstrated his holy power before the eyes of all the nations. All the ends of the earth will see the victory of our God.

Romans 10:16 NLTse But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “LORD, who has believed our message?”

Isaiah 53:1-6 NLTse Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm? (2) My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. (3) He was despised and rejected– a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. (4) Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! (5) But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. (6) All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.

Romans 10:17-18 NLTse So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. (18) But I ask, have the people of Israel actually heard the message? Yes, they have: “The message has gone throughout the earth, and the words to all the world.”

Psalms 19:1-5 NLTse The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. (2) Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. (3) They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. (4) Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. (5) It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.

Romans 10:20-21 NLTse And later Isaiah spoke boldly for God, saying, “I was found by people who were not looking for me. I showed myself to those who were not asking for me.” (21) But regarding Israel, God said, “All day long I opened my arms to them, but they were disobedient and rebellious.”

Isaiah 65:1-7 NLTse The LORD says, “I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ to a nation that did not call on my name. (2) All day long I opened my arms to a rebellious people. But they follow their own evil paths and their own crooked schemes. (3) All day long they insult me to my face by worshiping idols in their sacred gardens. They burn incense on pagan altars. (4) At night they go out among the graves, worshiping the dead. They eat the flesh of pigs and make stews with other forbidden foods. (5) Yet they say to each other, ‘Don’t come too close or you will defile me! I am holier than you!’ These people are a stench in my nostrils, an acrid smell that never goes away. (6) “Look, my decree is written out in front of me: I will not stand silent; I will repay them in full! Yes, I will repay them– (7) both for their own sins and for those of their ancestors,” says the LORD. “For they also burned incense on the mountains and insulted me on the hills. I will pay them back in full!

Paul had no need to go into elaborate details or provide detailed explanations. His letters contained all the answers. People had the answers in writing. All they needed to do is look at scripture and rely on the Holy Spirit to fill in answers to their questions. This is exactly what Jesus did during His ministry. When people claim they do not understand Paul’s letters it is because they read them and rely on their own minds to provide a personal interpretation, The first thing most people do is consult a different Bible translation. How is a different translation going to make a portion of scripture clearer? The only way to understand is to look up the original texts Paul quoted. If the Pharisees would have looked up 10% of the scripture Jesus quoted, they never would have hung Him on the cross. “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever.” They are written in God’s Bible for our review. “For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”

All you need is one Bible version, but make sure it highlights Old Testament scripture when it is quoted in the New Testament. Some versions will print Old Testament scripture in BOLD letters. Other versions may us quotation marks. (“…”). Study Bibles will most likely place a small number known as a superscript at the beginning or end of the quote. The number will correlate with a chain reference number usually in the center or bottom of the page which will lead you to the texts Paul quoted. Online and computer Bibles usually have a reference guides or commentaries attached. One of the most useful is the Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge. It is a chain reference of related texts. In today’s modern age there are more tools available than at any time in history. Isn’t it about time we begin using these tools so we can understand the mysteries, know the secrets of God, and teach them to our children?

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