Are You Blind, Man?!

01 Jun

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears! All the nations gather together, and the peoples assemble. Who among them can declare this, and show us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right, and let them hear and say, It is true. (Isa 43:8-9)

So according to that (the latter verse in Isaiah) “all the nations” who were brought out are blind and deaf, yet have eyes and ears… Yep, makes perfect sense to me.

Jesus is speaking to his disciples about why he speaks in parables:

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

   “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; 
   you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; 
   they hardly hear with their ears, 
   and they have closed their eyes. 
Otherwise they might see with their eyes, 
   hear with their ears, 
   understand with their hearts 
and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]

   16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. (Matthew 13:14-16)

17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? (Mark 8:17-18)

So this (the passage in Isaiah) is referring to spiritual hearing and spiritual seeing… Well if that is the case; why is it that everyone is spiritually blind/deaf?

4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh,[a] the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:4-6)

So what you’re talking about is that no one in the Old Testament could see that David in Psalm 22 was being prophetic! … And how in the Old Testament (when they still had the law) no one wanted to hear Jesus talking about his death and resurrection. Even his disciples; which I can see clearly in Mark 8:

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. (Mark 8:31-32)

Well OK, you’ve clearly made your point about that. But how exactly does being able to Spiritually hear and see affect me?

Jesus asks his disciples who people think he is, and who they think he is:

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. (Matthew 16:16-17)

So what you’re saying is that if we can’t hear God speaking to us as God apparently did with Simon Peter. And unless we can see God’s guidance in our lives we won’t be blessed with “spiritual revelations” like (Simon) Peter was.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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