The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, of all things which Jesus began to do and to teach, 2 Until the day on which, giving commandments by the Holy Ghost to the apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up. 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many proofs, for forty days appearing to them, and speaking of the kingdom of God. 4 And eating together with them, he commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard (saith he) by my mouth. 5 For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence. 6 They therefore who were come together, asked him, saying: Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 But he said to them: It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power.
THOUGHTS FOR TODAY:
Jesus had spent a lot of time with these men, yet they were still confused about His life, His ways, His death, His resurrection, His promises, and His kingdom. This is because they were a disciple, not yet apostle. A disciple is one who follows, an apostle is one appointed by Jesus to spread the Gospel.
The last question in verse 6, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” It seems that they did not fully understand Jesus’ message and purpose. They took His words and translated them into what they thought He “should” be saying or doing according to their interpretation of Bible prophecy. They thought Jesus was talking about a physical kingdom.
Often, I believe that the Lord is incredibly frustrated with me when I don’t “understand.” When I take His words or action and change them into what I think He “should” be saying or doing. I know He is patient, kind, and loving…Psalms 144:8 “The Lord is gracious and merciful: patient and plenteous in mercy..”
Jesus response was, “It is not for you to know” (v. 7). This phrase is the most powerful statement He makes. I have highlighted and underlined it. It is not for me to understand His plan or purpose but to follow Him and learn it. He will reveal what I need to know.
When I start to get insistent, demanding, or when I think I know better… I remember those words: “It is not for you to know!” I don’t need to know everything — the complete master plan, for me to do my part.
I think that is why I sit on the sideline and don’t do what is instructed. WHY? Maybe it is confusion, perhaps fear, and/or just do not understand, but I know the Bible promises guidance and understanding.
What kind of faith would it take if you always knew the outcome of something before you started?
Where are you lacking in this area?
What has G-d called you to do that you don’t understand and/or haven’t done?