For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7
And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” Matt.13:11
I used to think like I was taught in Evangelical-dom; we must interpret the Bible literally only. To do anything else is less than proper, academic or orthodox. I used to think everything was plainly stated at face value, laid out on the table so to speak, nothing hidden in the scriptures. My questions such as, “What does this mean?” were often met with “We don’t really know.” What a wonderful blessing to discover that the Lord does reveal His hidden secrets to His people, when they desire it; when they seek Him and ask. There is more than the literally stated doctrine (such as the deity of Christ and the gospel). His Word is a box of seemingly endless treasures waiting to be discovered by those who truly desire to have them. What a surprise. God does have secrets after all, that He keeps from some, and reveals to others. How thrilling and how humbling. He speaks in the language of metaphor. He is a poet! The Lord makes some to understand, and withholds from others. He reveals secrets and mysteries. He withholds and reveals His secret to whom He chooses.