Journeys Through the Word
“… And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.”
(10) His disciples came and asked Him, “Why do You use parables when You talk to the people?”
(11) He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not.
(12) To those who listen to My teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.
(13) That is why I use these parables, For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.
(14) This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah that says, ‘When you hear what I say, you will not understand. When you see what I do, you will not comprehend.
(15) For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes—so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to Me and let Me heal them.’
(16) “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.
(17) I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.
Thoughts along the road:
Jesus takes a moment here to point out to his disciples that they are privy to knowledge and understanding that most will not ever get. He speaks in story form (parables) to try to get the information out to the most people in the most easily accessed form. Those who take the time to listen will learn and benefit greatly from it. Those who don’t invest the time, not only get nothing, those things that they think they understand…will find out that they really don’t know what they think they know.
God foretold this through the prophet Isaiah. People not really listening to Jesus words thinking they understand but don’t As a result their hearts are hardened, their ears unable to hear ending up lost and confused.
Sound at all familiar?
Where to go from here:
I think that the saddest part of this story to me is those who go to hear Jesus but have their minds already made up. They go through the motions, but never really open themselves up to him or his message. We see that so often these days when truth and wisdom is offered in love but it is soundly rejected and ridiculed because it doesn’t look like the lies people have already believe.
Partisan politics have so polarized our population that people spend a lot of time tossing half-truths and complete lies around as though they were pearls of great wisdom. Our ability to think logically has been bogged down in a sea of lies, half-truths, and innuendos. Conversations are reduced to shouting a sea of lies, half-truths, and innuendos in the form of bumper sticker sayings that bear little or no relationship to the truth. Because we have turned our hearts, minds, and ears away from Jesus truth, that small measure of understanding we thought we had has been taken away from us.
The devil is the father of lies and he must be having a grand old time right now, because people have stopped any real thinking in order to lob their own bumper sticker bombs designed to destroy those who think differently from them and pound them into submission. We have turned our backs on Jesus to spend time trying to destroy those that we perceive to be different from us.
This is doubly sad because those who want to hear the truth are often hindered in that effort by those participating in the perpetuation of the massacre of truth.
Stop and take the time to really listen today. To your friends, your supposed enemies, but most of all listen to Jesus.