“And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.”
Matthew 13:10-13 NKJV
“But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
Matthew 13:16-17 NKJV
Reading Matthew chapter thirteen this morning was somewhat alarming, for I found myself considering the revelation that the Pharisees had, with Jesus the God/Man in their midst, as compared to the revelation that we have today, as followers of Jesus, being ones in whom the Spirit of God dwells.
Even with God in us, and with the addition of HIs completed word available to us, some of us have become heart blind, in that we no longer hear the whispers of our Lord.
In the church today, there are people who have become heart blind. They have become so overwhelmed with this world, that they have become coopted, won over to the values and wisdom of those who do not know the Lord. It is my belief that much of this has been accomplished through the infusion of politics into the ecclesiastical sphere. Politics, by its nature sows division, and division stifles the spreading of the Gospel.
That division also makes it all but impossible for the Christian to be fully open to the full counsel of God. Those on the right of political spectrum, focus on the moral standards, seeking to enforce a form of theocracy, while at the same time tossing out the love of God. There is little effort to go out and tell others of the Good News, that Christ died for their sins.
On the left, there is emphasis on love, not the agape love of God which is divine mercy, but the love of the world, an appetite focused, permissiveness, that does not consider the standards of the Father. In this case there is no mention of the Good News as it is meant to defined, but an array of other things that have nothing to do with the salvation of the human soul.
Lest we forget:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”
I Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV
Because of our diverted attention, we do not hear or see what the Lord is doing. As I look around, I am overwhelmed with the abundant evidence of the working of God, as He is preparing our world for a holy paradigm shift, as the eternal invades the temporal.
Even as I am amazed, there are many who are not, for they are grounded in the here and now, having long ago put their faith in mere leaders of flesh and blood, and forsaken the sovereignty of God.
“It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes.”
Psalms 118:8-9 NKJV
Those who came before us would have loved to know what we know, for we are the receivers of the promise, as those who are after the cross. They died not seeing or hearing of this salvation that many of us have taken for granted.
“Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.”
Hebrews 11:36-40 NKJV
But, because of Jesus, who brings reconciliation for all those who have ever had faith in God, they will see and they will hear, for we have been given a better testimony indeed.
Brothers and sisters, let us see and hear the Lord, working diligently to keep our eyes open, and our ears unstopped, that we be aware of all that the Lord is doing. He has given us His word, and for those of us who are born again, He has given us HIs Spirit. Let us treat all the revelation He has provided with greats reverence, for those who have come before us have not had the benefit of the blessings that we have been given.
Let us open our bibles, with hungry and open minds, sensitive to the leadings of the Holy Spirit, and let us beg for Him to illuminate the Scriptures for us. The Lord is a generous God, and He loves to give wisdom and understanding of His word.
“My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path.”
Proverbs 2:1-9 NKJV
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I love the term, “heart blind” Bernie. Thank you for that incredible picture.
A very good word, Bernie! So true that we are on the cusp of a divine national paradigm shift.
Father in heaven, will you please please give us wisdom, as we see the day of the Lord approaching?