It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
So reads the wisdom of God found in Proverbs. The depth of scripture is a well untapped with pearl upon pearl upon pearls of truth, just waiting to be discovered by the heart of man. Seeking is a great mission rewarded with finding.
We read of Lot and his travels with Abraham, yet we do not learn he was righteous until the book of 2 Peter thousands of years later. We read of the first Adam, and we see thousands of years later, there was the last Adam in the person of Christ; yet again we learn of the first man, and the second man Christ. It’s only a small matter…
Again we read that the Lord Himself is the First and the Last, and beside Him, there is no other. First, that in all things He may have the pre-eminence, first, because by Him all things consist, and last, for as the Aleph and Beit, He is the only Alpha and Omega.
He is the alphabet, for everything springs from the Godhead: in Christ dwells ALL the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Just a small matter.
‘Never a man spake like this.’ Of course not, as Emmanuel, or God with us, did He not grace the dust of the earth and become a man? His name is Wonderful: of course, for never a man worked such wonder, and was such wonder. He spake with authority: of course, for the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and the very words of the Lord as He walked were both incriminating and comforting.
Who could speak perfect words of indictment and absolute love at the same time? Who could (then and now) speak words of justified condemnation but withhold those words, offering grace in exchange? Who alone has the authority to both stone or elevate the sinner? The law could not do this, and offered no reprisal, ahh, but He who was singularly responsible for bringing grace and truth, He could, and did.
It is a very good thing to search out these matters, that is, to consider what manner of man this is that even the winds and the sea obey him…one would think that all men would take a closer look at a man having such posture of character and purpose. (unless it’s a small matter…)
A group of men (Pharisees) were discussing the things of the day, and the Lord asked them: ‘What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?’ Instantly they said: ‘the son of David.’ The Lord masterfully says this: ‘How then does David in spirit call him Lord saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?’
Is it any wonder that upon hearing such spirituality and wisdom we read this: ‘and no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.’ This word by the Lord was authoritative, true, powerful, and immediately stunning. Truth has this effect. Of course in others, it ignites utter rage. The word of God is a savor of life or a savor of death; an insignificant matter.
The Pharisees (of whom were Nicodemas and Saul of Tarsus) would know the implications of this scripture, for such is the wisdom of God in silencing every mouth. The right hand of God is a place for God Himself.
Searching a matter and being quieted is a very good thing, for such is a delight to God.
There would be a pause of sorts as the Lord is NOW seated at the right hand of God, as David’s Lord and greater Son bides His patience, yet… yet… He arose and stood at Stephen’s demise. Indeed searching out a matter is a worthy pursuit.
They who rejected the grace of God refused to search out a matter; they refused to seek the glory of God while they concealed they own pride. They avoided that good word: My heart is inditing a good matter.
Saul of Tarsus had a heart that was bent on destruction. With a new song, his heart instantly indicted a good matter, and as Paul, he spoke of the things regarding the King.
Man justifies God when we agree with His assessment of us, and what pray tell does He think of man? Much, but it is the glory of God to conceal a thing; for God resists the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.
The revelation at Golgotha’s hill by He on yonder central tree, was THE height of the glory of God, hidden for a moment, for the pinnacle of time and history reached its crescendo, for God put sin away and remembers it no more. God conceals things perfectly, and reveals things perfectly. Some dare say: ‘it’s a light matter.’ Ouch.
Would this then not be an honorable thing to search out? Yep, and in return our hearts are then able to indict a good matter. Oh the deepness of the word of God, and we but touch the hem of His garment, but how deep that touch!