Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Blessed Ears and Eyes

October 14: Matthew 13 & Luke 8

10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 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. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

“‘You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.
15 For this people's heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Matthew 13:10-17

Blessed Ears and Eyes

Why did Jesus speak to the people in parables? That is exactly the same question that the disciples asked Jesus. The answer is an important question for us to consider, because it also gives us a better picture of the blindness of the blind all around us.

Can we save ourselves? Is there something that we can do to make ourselves acceptable to Christ so that He will save us? Does God look down over eternity and choose the "good" people to become Christians? All of these views are held by people in our culture today, but what does the Bible say?

Look at the prophecy from Isaiah that Christ uses,

“‘You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.
For this people's heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’


Salvation is all of Christ and none of us; before God we are dead. As dead people we cannot suddenly choose to become alive. I have to admit, I do not really understand this perfectly, but I know that Christ is all, and that He does all things right. As Christians, there is nothing in which we can boast; rather we should humbly fall before God in thankfulness that He has opened our eyes so that we may see and our ears so that we may hear and understand.

The real issue is expressed in verses 16 & 17,

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Why did Christ come to this earth and suffer the torments of men and then die a cruel and merciless death? Why did He choose to give up His life to save a people for Himself? I do not know; but everyday I praise and thank Him for the peace and joy I am able to experience through the salvation that He has granted.

Do you have blessed ears and eyes? Go to Christ. Do you have friends and loved ones who do not understand the Gospel? Go to Christ. Christ who did all of the miracles written in our Bibles still raises the dead to life again.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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