My dad loves riddles and tests that to solve will require you to think another way.
For example, a storekeeper gives you change of 30 cents on your purchase. He gives you 2 coins and one of them is not a quarter. What are the 2 coins that make up the 30 cents change? Do you know?
The 2 coins are a quarter and a nickel. I only said that one of them is not a quarter.
And the grandkids groan at how smart Grandpa is…
What we discover in the Kingdom of God is that the mysteries of God cannot be understood by refining your logic, studying the right books and teachers or by having a higher IQ than everyone else. You do not arrive at God’s truth by simply reframing the questions.
When the 72 disciples returned to Jesus after their mission, they were amazed that demons submitted in the Name of the Lord. Jesus made a passing reference to seeing Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
What did Jesus mean by that? He was very familiar with Satan. This same evil genius had plotted against his birth, tempted him 40 days in the wilderness and brought confusion and bondage to many people.
The arrival of God’s Kingdom marks the defeat of the Kingdom of darkness and chaos. These untrained, somewhat simpleminded disciples are witnessing a shift in the Universe and entering into a new kind of relationship with God. They are coming to God’s Table to enjoy the same fellowship that the Father, Son and Spirit have in the Godhead.
This is the stuff that geniuses miss. God only shows some things to the children. The others do not get the answer to the riddles. Experts fall short and the worldly-wise are stumped.
Many great saints of the old era did not get to experience the blessing, but Jesus' disciples are blessed to be a part of this new era… Sometimes we think how great it would have been to see Moses perform miracles before Pharaoh or watch Elijah defeat the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. Jesus says that the situation is in fact the exact reverse—they long to see what we experience, because to know God and life through Jesus is what they had wished to experience all along. In effect, Jesus says, "Count your blessings, for they are many and have been desired for centuries."[i]