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Nothing Covered Matthew 10

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 25, 2010


KJV Matthew 10:26-27

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26. Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

After more than 300 studies I still find new and important lessons taught within what seems to be the simplest, most straight forward parables. This parable seems to tell the entire story on the surface, but an in depth study on a few of the key words reveals a major lesson on the plan of salvation. This parable also reveals a new concept on William Miller’s eleventh rule which helps identify a parable with spiritual meanings.

William Miller’s eleventh rule deals with the laws of nature. This parable shows that rule may extend beyond the laws of nature to the nature of man. The surface of this parable tells us, there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hid that will not be known. This parable does not defy the laws of nature like other parables, but, it does defy human nature.

This parable deals with something covered, or hidden. People hide objects so others will not find them. The same is true about thoughts, motives, and actions. People conceal their thoughts and actions because they do not want others to discover them, usually because their actions are immoral. Jesus assured His listeners that all hidden thoughts and actions will one day be revealed. No matter how hard people try to conceal their crimes, one day they will be made known. To discover the spiritual details of this parable, we need to compare the key words with other texts.

Cover

Neh 4:4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity: 5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

Psa 44:15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,

Psa 44:19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

Psa 73:6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

Psa 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

Psa 140:9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

Isa 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

The Bible shows reproach, iniquity, shame, violence, mischief, darkness and death are things people attempt to cover. Thus far only obvious details have been discovered. Studying only a portion of a key word can be dangerous. The above text shows only a portion of the information available. When information is not complete it can rob people of the blessing God has placed within His word. Further investigation shows a clearer view of God’s plan.

Pro 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

There are at least two spiritual meanings to the key word covered. God’s plan offers an alternative to the negative motives explained in the first set of texts. The alternative is love, salvation and righteousness. Reviewing other key words in Matthew 10:26-27, will show the proper context of the parable.

Reveal

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Deu 29:29 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.

Isa 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Dan 2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

1 Corinthians 2:9-11 KJV (9) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

It is as if God had placed these key words in a sequence for a reason. The word covered presented a question. Which context to use in the parable of Matthew 10:26-27? Two choices were given, one with a negative context, the other a positive. After studying the word reveal it becomes clear, God had placed a positive disposition upon this parable. To further verify this, additional key words may be studied.

Hid

Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and hid myself.

After Adam and Eve had eaten the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they hid themselves from the sight of God. Exactly why were they hiding? The only way to answer that question is to pray to the Spirit for guideance while comparing scripture with scripture.

Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Mat 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

Col 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Strange as it may seem, Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge in an attempt to gain knowledge. The only knowledge gained, was the understanding they had sinned. Everything else was lost. The fact they hid themselves from God illustrates the lesson, not only had they sinned, they chose Satan’s suggestions and promise of knowledge over what God had already given them. Instead of trusting in God, their creator, they decided to try Satan’s plan to become like gods, maybe more than gods. There is a relationship between this lesson and people who choose to follow the instructions of others. There is a closer connection between Adam and Eve’s fall and the common belief, people can get by letting others study for them, than what one would expect.

The direct connection with God was lost in Eden. Jesus came to restore that connection, the understanding and knowledge lost in the garden. Now this knowledge is lost only to those who prefer to follow anyone other than God. This point is hidden just below the surface of this parable. Once we have defined the key words, we are able to see the lesson Jesus hoped to teach.

Cover defines God’s love and salvation.

The word reveal illustrates God’s desire to share and teach His word.

Knowledge is hidden from those who do not follow God.

KJV Matthew 10:26-27

26. Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

Using the definitions of the key words, the parable may be paraphrased.

Do not fear them. God’s love and salvation (covered) will be shared and taught (revealed). It is only hidden to those who do not follow God.

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