Are Your Eyes Closed Shut?

Matthew 13:13-17 (NKJV) “Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’
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.”

The spiritual leadership of the Lord Jesus’ day had a difficult time hearing the plain words from the Lord. So He shifted into parables. Hidden within these parables is the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

I love it when the disciples asked the Lord for the meaning of these parables because they didn’t want to miss the meaning. The Lord was willing to answer their questions which makes it even more profound.

Why?

Because it’s for our benefit too.

We get the meaning, which is intentional. The Lord knew all things and that the disciples would ask these questions. So we thank God that they’ve asked.

In the text we see that the spiritual leaders were blind to truth, but the Lord said something remarkable.

Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.’

The Lord quoted from the prophet Isaiah…..

Isaiah 6:9-10 (NKJV) And He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
“Make the heart of this people dull,
And their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart,
And return and be healed.”

As an additional reference in my Bible margin, these Scriptures underscored what was happening as they were in their blindness.

Zechariah 7:11-12 (NKJV) “But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the LORD of hosts.”

Psalms 119:70 (NKJV) “Their heart is as fat as grease, but I delight in Your law.”

So it is with this generation of believers. Few understand that the events of 2020 put this and other nations on an end time footing.

As I was walking among people, it is that they’re completely oblivious to the times that we’re living in. Never before have we’ve seen the level of lawlessness from law makers. And this shouldn’t be a surprise to us. Because when you have people that are of the world, it’s their nature.

John 8:44 underscores the two things that’s prevalent in all of satan’s children of disobedience.

Lying and murder.

Let me point something out.

When you’re in sin, you’re blind. When you confess and forsake sin, you can see.

The sequence of the end times was a complicated mystery to me until sin was removed from my life by the Lord in repentance from dead works. Now, I, by the help of the Holy Spirit have a fundamental basic comprehension of the end times.

Many have shrugged their shoulders at the conditions around them.

Many in non denominational churches have returned to what was preached in the old days regarding tongues, authority, gifts of the Spirit, healing, prosperity, purpose, dreams, visions, and destiny.

Not realizing that these things were blinding me and the people.

Churches, such as the Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptist, Southern Baptists, and other mainline Protestant churches are currently infighting about abortion, homosexuality, CRT, women preachers and pastors, and other issues.

Many pastors, elders, ministers, music ministers, praise and worship singers, and deacons, are caught in the web of adultery, fornication, bisexuality, homosexuality, pornography and masturbation.

Members of these main stream evangelical churches have departed to find fellowship with main stream believers centered around basic orthodox or liturgical Christianity. With an emphasis on strict adherence to the Word of God. Others, have started their own houses of worship, escaping these denominations from having to deal with the inclusion war.

As far as this is concerned, it’s healthy.

Why?

Ephesians 5:8-14 (NKJV) “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”

Matthew 10:34-39 (NKJV) “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’

He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

But didn’t the Lord pray that we would be one from His High Priestly prayer in John 17?

But didn’t Paul said that we we’re to be of one mind and one spirit?

Didn’t Paul said that we’re to come to the unity of the faith?

No doubt.

But you and I aren’t allowed to bring in a mixture that’s unacceptable to the Lord.

Sin is NEVER acceptable to the Lord.

When the true house of worship understands that righteousness distinguishes us from darkness, any association with darkness is blindness.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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