PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 13:10-17
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. (Matthew 13:13)
Jesus does not speak in parables to keep them from hearing and understanding.
Jesus uses parables because they refuse to listen and turn (Matthew 13:15).
Their hearts are hardened, they are blinded by self love, pride and stubbornness.
Jesus wants them to see, hear, understand and turn, so He can heal them.
What makes these words especially sad is who they are speaking about.
It is not godless or immoral pagans and atheists that are in view here.
Jesus is saddened because it is His own people – religious people, ‘church’ people.
People who have heard the message and attended synagogue since birth.
They’ve heard the words for so long, they are hardened to them, can’t hear them.
Sunday after Sunday we hear the message in church… are we hearing it?
Is the lukewarmness of many western churches and christians a hint of hardened soil?
Christians often challenge godless or immoral sinners, but are they the problem?
The sinners were turning to Jesus, and being healed; the religious were not.
What am I missing because I think I already know the message, but am hardened to it?
Lord, it is our refusal to admit blind spots that makes us blind. The blind cannot lead the blind, so show me where I am blind, or deaf, or hardened. May Your message penetrate my heart.