Genesis 35:7: and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother. (ESV)
We need God to reveal himself to us. Paul said that it pleased God who separated him from his mother’s womb to reveal his Son in him (Galatians 1:15-16).
Along his way he was accosted by Jesus who manifested to him supernaturally (Acts 9). That was exceptional. He had a great task to perform and for that he needed big revelation at that time. Sometimes later he said that for the abundance of revelation, a messenger of Satan was sent to buffet him, and he prayed and Jesus in another revelation showed him how to handle the situation (2Corinthians 12:6-10).
The revelation of God delivers wisdom, knowledge and understanding to us.
Wisdom has to do with what to do to get the right result. By revelation, God told Moses how to get the children of Israel away from bondage in Egypt, which he had tried to achieve by the arm of flesh. In the end, it was clear that it is better to move by revelation than by trial and error.
At the age of forty, Moses beat up and killed an Egyptian who was fighting an Hebrew. He thought that the people should recognise him as deliverer, not recognising that he needed God to introduce him to the people and that did not happen until forty years later.
When wisdom is derived from revelation, we understand the timing of God, and we have the resources to gain the right result. In a battle that King Jehoshaphat was supposed to fight, he was told that he does not have to fight, but he will win the battle, with that he set up musicians and choir. Victory was delivered to him by revelation cum divine intervention (2Chronicles 20).
When the children of Israel wanted to take the land of Jericho which as surrounded by mighty walls, by revelation they were told to march around the wall for seven days. There was nothing logical about that, but at the end, with only a shout, the wall of Jericho fell down flat (Joshua 6).
We can gain wisdom by revelation, knowing whom to meet, who to connect to help us achieve our objectives. It was through revelation wisdom that a widow could give something to Elijah for her to be sustained in famine. It was by revelation wisdom that a wife of a dead prophet by following the instruction of Elisha saved her two sons from slavery (2Kings 4:1-7).
We see David seeking direction from God in all things and he was victorious in the different battles by the revelation he has from God. Saul wanted such a thing but God denied him and he lost his life.
Elisha was consulted by two kings when their armies were about to die on the battlefield before they even did anything because there was no water to drink. When the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha, he spoke of their victory, that the enemy will be defeated before them (2Kings 3:7-27). They were told that they should dig pits and that without seeing rain or wind the pits will be filled with water so the army will not die of thirst.
Though Elisha hated one of the kings, by the word of God through his mouth deliverance was wrought, by revelation wisdom. It was through the revelation delivered to Elisha that the king of Israel could avoid the traps of the kings of Syria. He escaped by taking the right steps and it was as if he had no enemy.
Revelation has inherent in it the idea of unveiling of what is not previously known. The book of the Revelation in the bible bears witness to this.
Paul had a revelation of Jesus when he was on his way to Damascus fuming against the church, and Jesus appeared to him and asked: who are you Lord? (Sometimes to know, we need to ask.) And Jesus said that: I am Jesus whom you are persecuting (Acts 9). From that moment, he had the knowledge of Jesus.
Revelation delivers knowledge. On Mount Sinai, God by revelation delivered his tenets to the children of Israel. There they heard God’s voice from heaven and by revelation they had delivered to them the Ten Commandments which was written by the finger of God (Exodus 20).
We need revelation to come into the knowledge of God. The knowledge of angels comes via their manifestations. Mary knew that she was chosen to bear the Messiah when angel Gabriel appeared to her (Luke 1).
The bible is full of the revelation of what will happen in the future. Jeremiah spoke of the length of time Judah will be in captivity. He said it was 70 years, and based on that knowledge, down the road, Daniel prayed for that to happen and it happened (Daniel 9).
Revelation can also impact understanding. When the psalmist prayed: open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law, he seeks revelation into the word of God to aid his understanding (Psalm 119:18).
The writings of Paul are full of the revelation that he has come into and when he speaks, he impacts understanding. He said that what he taught was not because he sat down for any him a being to lecture, but he receive them by revelation (Galatians 1:10-12).
He prayed for the church in Ephesus that God will open the eyes of their understanding that they may know some things; that they may come into revelation understanding of certain things, e.g. the riches of God’s glory etc.
Prophecy impacts understanding, the bible says that the revelation of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). When prophecy goes forth it is supposed to impact understanding which will result in exhortation, comfort and edification (1Corinthians 14:1-4). When revelation impacts understanding, then we changed, it is light flooding our consciousness with heaven’s truth.
Job came into the understanding of God after his terrible ordeal. At the end he said to God: I have heard of you by the hearing of the ears, but now my eyes see you, and I repent in dust and ashes (Job 42:1-5).
Isaiah came into a greater understanding of himself when in the year that king Uzziah died, he saw the Lord and had the revelation of God’s holiness, and he declared that he is a man of unclean lips, living in the midst of those with unclean lips. By revelation, he had the understating of the Lord, of himself and his environment (Isaiah 6:1-10).
- Endorsing Sin Brings Judgment (ronniedauber.com)
- Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 26 (garyware.me)
- What is God’s Currency? (saintjameslutheran.com)
- What does the Bible say about lying? (altruistico.wordpress.com)